Where is the countertop most functional?
On a previous thread, some dear soul suggested I might want to look into switching the place of my refrigerator with the section of cabinet to the right of it. Thus, I'd gain a longer stretch of countertop (much handier for baking & prep work), and in the spot where the fridge was I could build in a shelf for the microwave (which is currently banished to the garage since the toaster oven takes up less space on the counter).
I didn't think I could talk DH into losing his "landing zone", since that end piece of counter is where he drops his change, mail, phone, etc. Our front door enters into the kitchen, so while this area is a clutter catcher...it's also pretty handy. If we were to attempt swapping the fridge and cabinet, does anyone have ideas for something that would fit by the door as a new "landing zone", or would this make the door area feel too cramped? I only have 22" between the door casing and window casing.
I'd love to have a more functional (almost bigger) kitchen, but not at the expense of the whole flow of our home. Countertops will be ordered soon, so if it's going to happen, I need to figure it out ASAP. Ideas? Is it more trouble than it's worth?