Kitchen/pantry layout advice please - plans attached
Hello kitchen layout gurus, please help if you have any thoughts on this decision . . .
I have been reading along on this forum for years and we are finally gutting and remodeling our own kitchen! It is an old house, so some elements are locked into place for budgetary/structural/logistical reasons, but a question has come up about the best way to access the small pantry off of our kitchen.
The current pantry is a former tiny powder room adjacent to the kitchen but entered from the hall. (We have a new powder room elsewhere on the main floor.) It is a long (8') narrow (3') space currently accessed on the short side. Right now it contains built-in shelving recessed into the long wall under the stairs.
Our kitchen designer proposed the idea of removing a small section of counter/cabinet area in the kitchen, creating a new doorway to access the pantry, and adding a wall to divide the pantry into two separate spaces. This would give us a "step-in" pantry directly accessible from the kitchen and also a (much needed) coat alcove/closet off the hall.
We would lose about 2.5' of counter space and cabs (upper and lower) to make space for the door, but would gain additional shelving space in the pantry. Some of that would be made up by extending the counter/cabs on the other side of the sink to the wall.
Give up 2.5' of counter/cabs for pantry access? Is a step-in pantry + hall closet better use of the long narrow space than a narrow walk in pantry?
Sorry this is so jumbled - posted a floor plan