My Plan From HD - Thoughts?
I took my plan to a nicer designer and am meeting for his version on Wednesday. But this weekend I went to HD 'just to see'. The guy was actually very knowledgeable and had just the right amount of giving me what I wanted and counseling me to other options when he thought it was needed. Someone had booked me for a countertop appt so when I said kitchen, he was happy to oblige - though b/c we were both time crunched we left some specifics out (exact door placements that don't impact design, cabs instead of drawers, etc). We were going for size and general idea.
Also, I should give credit where it's due - this is live wire oak's take on one of my designs!! Thank you!
So here is his plan, and then my edits after coming home and thinking about things.
I originally had 30" cabs on either side of range for symmetry - he argued for more main prep space next to sink and that since it's behind an island, lower symmetry wasn't as important as prep space.
Since that lost me a 30" plus drawer for pots, he put it in the island (which made it 6" bigger than I originally planned)
He insisted I didn't want the garbage next to my corner sink as it would be hard for me to access it for scrape, rinse, DW cleanup. He did a physical demonstration and I could see his point...so he put a regular 18 cab between sink and trash.
You'll see a nice big 12" deep hutch I'll use as a pantry and communications center on the bottom wall.
I mocked up the island and it sticks too far into the doorway from the hall. 12" just clears the walkway - adding 6" to the island makes you curve your path to get around it, so I put it back at 48" total.
I had to get my 30" drawer back so I put it between fridge/range. On the other side of range I took 9" tray storage out and will put dividers above fridge. Gives me trash and a 24" drawer on L side of range. I really think I'd rather have the full drawer stack next to the range and the trash next to the sink? Since I have 15" between sink and DW on other side, wouldn't that give me plenty of space to scooch over a bit while the trash was open?
Lastly, the hutch was the last thing we did, so we didn't check clearances. It's too tight with the island. So I kept shrinking it's size (from 4 21" cabs down to 4 15" cabs) and I still had to move it down and off center on the bottom wall to make it fit. If I'm going to move it off center anyway, should I keep the cab sizes bigger? And what do I put on the empty wall? Artwork or something, I guess?
Sorry, that's a lot of questions! Thanks in advance for any thoughts you have!