Kitchen Layout Help
We're getting to the final planning stages of our kitchen reno and I need some advice. I've attached our tentative plan right now.
Things to know:
- The appliances are pretty much in the only place they can be.
- The wall returns at the bottom of the picture are fudgeable. We're opening that wall up (it goes into the dining room), but want to keep some separation.
Things I need help with:
- The peninsula area. We don't want to encroach on the dining room much, so thought about using shallow cabinets underneath to accommodate chairs/stools. We're also thinking of foregoing cabinets altogether once it gets beyond the returns--we're worried it might look weird-- and just using table legs (we're 94% sure we're going with butcher block countertops, so weight shouldn't be an issue). Would that look even weirder?? Thoughts?
- The area on the upper left with the exterior door. Right now the door doesn't open all the way and bangs into the countertops. We'd like to maximize storage while allowing the door to open a bit more. We thought shallow cabinets would help, but then we don't want the range sticking out so far from the cabinets. So we threw a narrow spice rack in there, but I don't feel like this is the best solution...
- The upper right, dishwasher wall. The radiator right now is tucked in the corner in a cabinet and heats up the cabinet, basically. We really want a floor-to-ceiling pantry in the corner, and thought of turning the radiator so it's 90 degrees and keeping the space cabinet-free (to allow for heat to actually get out, as well as a little nook for the step-stool that our daughter uses). The doorway to the right leads to (what will be) a bathroom and the basement door, and the counter sticks out right now, making it awkward to get through the door. Again, not sure if our proposed solution is the best.
Lots of words, my apologies. But if anyone has any suggestions on this, please let me know! We're getting our cabinets from Barker's and are DIY-ing a lot of other things, so I'm open to pretty much anything at this point.