A wall of cabinets in DR?
I'm trying to hone down decisions in some known trouble spots in my layout while awaiting estimates. One of them in about what (if anything) to do in the adjoining DR. The dining area is small. We have a 2-sided fireplace on one wall and sliding doors on the opposite wall. It opens up to the kitchen on the 3rd side.
Originally, I was thinking I'd do a banquette on the back wall. However, they are considerably deeper than perhaps we can go.
So, then I scratched the entire idea. However, it seems like no matter what layout I go with, I could use more storage. Not only for the kitchen, but for this very small house. So, I started thinking a wall of less deep (maybe 12"?) tall cabinets from floor to ceiling that would allow for a small broom closet, extra storage for the kitchen and maybe even space for the crap that gets put in the front closet because we can't allow it to get frozen (spackle, paint, etc).
Here's the existing DR:
Here's the latest idea:
Here's the original banquette idea:
I know things would be hard to reach behind the table. I'd put stuff back there we didn't need often. Though, depending on what we get figured out for the kitchen space, the area to the right which is most accessible might need to be pantry space instead of broom closet...
My concerns are both about aesthetics and functionality.