Kitchen Table 'IN' The Kitchen...Please Help Me Decide
We are in the process of (trying anyway) to finish up a floor plan for our new smaller home. Our kitchen is the most important room to us, and the pantry, laundry, and extra 1/2 bath layout hinge on what I do. I'm going to present a couple of ideas, and would like your thoughts.
We are having an open floor plan with kitchen and great room adjoing each other without a wall. They will be facing a beautiful view of our woods. The kitchen will be on one outer wall of the house, so that two differing walls can have windows.
Idea #1: Place the table in front, in the "corner", which gives full view of the woods on two sides, putting the kitchen work area directly behind it. We like the idea of the full view on two sides while eating. I can also have a prep island for baking. Has to be a L shaped layout due to open floor plan.
The disadvantage is that the trek to set the table and clean it up is a bit long, and is essentially a separate "dining room" without a wall between it. It also reduces laundry and storage area that can fall in the square footage behind the kitchen.
Overall, this is probably the nicest eating area despite the disadvantages.
Idea#2: Have an L shaped kitchen, trying to put as many windows over counter area as possible, and centering the table in that area. Makes serving and cleaning up easy. Old fashioned way of eating. Makes good use of space.
Cons of this idea are: counters/ sinks/ etc. in the view area, even with windows, and no chance of having a work island. I'm also worried about "ring around the table" while cooking, although I have the freedom to choose distances between table and counter in my design. I would just steal space from the great room area. Wondering if this can be done and not feel like the table is in the way, or a sense of being closed in.
Idea#3 is a hybrid of the above two. Still an L shaped kitchen, but run counters down all the way on one side of the table and L-ing behind it. The table would have one side that faces directly out window, but would have some kitchen work space to the right of it, as well as behind. This still frees up some square footage behind the kitchen for a walk in pantry, etc. but may look odd overall.
It is extremely hard for me to visualize these ideas, even with computer software. Most of the feel we get in a home is emotional, and you actually have to experience it.
I am stuck mentally and have to become unstuck very soon. The dimensions of the home pose some constraints in modern design, because we are modeling it after the old Cracker style homes with full wrap around porch that existed in Florida when it was first settled. We feel that a 32 ft. depth by 58 ft. long is the max we can push it and have it still look good from the outside. Much more depth, and the roofline changes to either a hip or pyramid roof, neither of which I want.
The other thing is, this is our last home. Period. We love the land it will be sitting on.