Looking for kitchen layout advice
I am in the planning (and saving up money) stage of a kitchen remodel. My DH is a carpenter by trade and is going to do much of the work himself, I will help with things that don’t require a lot of skill. He has been building and remodeling houses for more than 30 years, so he's pretty knowledgeable about what can and cannot be done. The one thing that we are both set on is removing the wall that separates the kitchen from the living room, we are tired of the inefficient and cut-off layout that we have now.
Right now we have a galley kitchen with countertops that are 6’ apart and a door to the laundry room at the end. The door is not used terribly often, most traffic to and from the kitchen is by way of the front or sliding glass doors. Sometimes there are two cooks in the kitchen but not often, DH loves to grill outdoors and I love to grow fruits and veggies and cook with them. Apple harvest always involves hours of processing and cooking apples into pies, applesauce, etc. I currently have no where to put things after I bake them, I love the idea of having a raised bar on the island that can be used as a cooling area.
What I want to do is remove the wall and install an island 4' from the wall counters, making the kitchen more efficient and allowing us to put a bar on the other side of the island without taking space away from the living room. We will need to have a pathway between the island and the wall with the laundry door in it, which I think should probably be 4' for convenience. This will take away some of our counter space and a lot of upper cabinet space, but I think the sacrifice will be worth it for the improvement to the overall room. To make up for lost storage space I was planning on having custom built-ins installed around the fireplace and also on the dining room wall south of the kitchen. To make up for lost counter space I want to change from separate wall oven and cooktop to a range, as well as arranging things more efficiently so that the counters we have are more useable.
I like the layout of the counter and island that I have come up with, but I am having trouble placing the appliances in it. Other than the refrigerator, which I don’t really see any spot for except in the north-western corner.
I would like to have the sink in the island and the stove against the wall, but because of the window on that wall I’m having trouble making things fit. The window could be moved, but even with shifting it around I’m stumped. Ideally we would like to move the window closer to the sliding glass door and make it larger, because that would be the best move as far as the view of the backyard is concerned. But that would force me to put the range pretty close to the refrigerator, and I’m not sure that it would be a good set up.
I like the look on paper of having the range on the sliding door side of the run of counters, the fridge on the wall side, and the window in the center. The only issue would be that the window would have to move a bit north, which would shift it away from the ‘good’ view and towards the part we would rather not see.
The other option is to put the sink on the window wall and then put the stove in the island, which would make venting more expensive and difficult. I also think it would be cooler to have the sink on the island where the bar is because that would make it a great area for serving drinks during parties.
So, what I'm wondering is: If this were your kitchen and you had to have the counters and island in these spots, where would you put your window, sink, and stove? The window is drawn in where it is right now, but DH is willing to move it.
Thanks in advance!