Layout magic needed...
Hello GW! I've been learning so much from all of you and I've finally gotten my act together to get your opinions about the layout for our kitchen.
Our house was built in 1935 and the kitchen was probably last redone in the early 1990's. We moved in two years ago and anticipate staying for a while (not sure about "forever"). We will be redoing the kitchen and master bathroom and adding French doors from the dining room onto a new deck.
A little bit about us...we have a 3 y/o son and probably won't have more. I cook a lot, especially on weekends, but I'm not a big baker. DH cooks too and often helps prep or clean while I'm cooking. We do all of our eating in the dining room so we don't need an eating area in the kitchen. We occasionally entertain, but it's usually 1 or 2 couples and their children.
The current layout of the first floor is below. The kitchen is small (10'x11") plus a breakfast nook that we are not currently using. The major layout issues are that there is not enough prep space (especially if the DW is open), not enough counter near the stove, and too few drawers. I want to move the cooking area away from the main traffic through the kitchen. DH and I are constantly bumping into each other when we're in there together.
Here is the proposed layout of the first floor after the renovation. The opening from the kitchen to the DR would be a half-wall. The wall to the left as you enter the kitchen from the foyer would also be a half-wall. The stairs in front of the bathroom lead to the basement and there is a side-door from the driveway (which we hardly ever use).
The kitchen shown above is the version proposed by the architect. I wasn't thrilled that the sink could be seen from the foyer. Also, there are two corner cabinets, but that may be unavoidable in this situation. So I played with a few additional layouts. I would be thrilled to get your input.
Layout 1: Stove is on the left so that's what is visible from the front door. I could do something interesting with the backsplash so that it would be a focal point. What are your thoughts about the placement of the trash, DW, and sink?
Layout 2: Stove is on the left-hand side of the U. This would give a nice stretch of prep space in front of the window. This would require a blind corner cabinet and there would be only a small cabinet to the left of the stove.
Layout 3: Wanted to see if it would be possible to get an island into the space. It would have to be narrow (22") and there would be only 36" aisles, but my previous kitchen was set up this way and I liked being able to easily turn from island to stove. Also in Layouts 1 & 2, there just seems to be a vast expanse of wasted space in the middle of the room. One potential drawback is that the kitchen would be totally open to the DR -- not sure how I feel about that.
So please tear these apart and help me decide. I am driving myself, my husband, and the architect crazy. I want to get to the fun part of kitchen renovation (if that exists). Thank you!!