Review my plan please
Please take a look at my plan and let me know what you think. It's just me and my husband and we will probably not have children. I am typically the only one who works in the kitchen, although I usually do have some canine helpers who lay in the floor waiting for crumbs. I do a lot of cooking and baking, mostly from scratch. I also make jams and jellies and like to preserve seasonal food. I like to have parties and have a lot of serving dishes, china, glasses, linens, etc. to store.
Some concerns I have heard are that there is too much counter space and no where to eat other than the island. I'm not sure how to "fix" the counter space problem, if it is indeed a problem. Coming from the small amount of counter space I have now, I can't imagine having too much. I don't think we will mind eating at the island, but I welcome opinions from those with experience. I'm not sure where to add other seating, and we do also have a dining room.
I'm planning to add a prep sink. I'm thinking either the corner of the island closet to the refrigerator or the cabinet run next to the refrigerator against the pantry wall. I'd like to keep the island solid (without anything in the top like a sink), but I would consider putting the prep sink in the island if it would be better.
The kitchen is open to the living room through the opening and the right of the plan. The opening can be made smaller if needed. From the island I should be able to look through the living room and see the lake. The windows over the sink will look over our backyard and a pond.
I think I'm going to ask them to take out the niche to the left of the fridge. It's there because there is an air return below, but I think it can be moved elsewhere.
This is new construction, so almost anything is possible. I'll post a link to the entire first floor plan if anyone wants to see the kitchen in context. Thanks for your advice!
Here is a link that might be useful: