Help with kitchen layout
Hi all, I'm new to posting on Gardenweb, but have been reading for a long time. I'm hoping you can help me figure out how to rearrange my kitchen.
The 1850's house we moved into 2 years ago is in great shape except for the kitchen/family room area, which needs a major overhaul. There's quite a bit of space, but as you can see from the layout below, there are a number of structural elements that make the kitchen particularly difficult.
The kitchen has 5 doors and 2 large windows that go almost to the floor. The windows can't be changed because they face the street and are an important part of the facade (also we're in a historic district, so no exterior changes are allowed.) For storage, the current kitchen has 4 cabinets in the island and a free-standing hutch against the wall opposite the sink. That's it!! There is a large pantry, but it's a long walk from the kitchen. The only counter space in the kitchen is the island. At least it's a decent size.
Amazingly, the kitchen works pretty well. It's easy to get to dishes (in hutch) or the fridge or sink, even if someone's cooking at the stove. When we have guests, we can have lots of people in the kitchen and still be able to get things done. It does drive me crazy that there's no counter to the left of the sink. We use the end of the family room directly adjacent to the kitchen as a casual dining area. It's nice, because it looks out on the back yard.
Behind the kitchen is a bath, the pantry, and a 'utility kitchen', which contains a large vintage (but I don't think original) slate sink. For now, until we redo the future mudroom, we hang coats and stuff back there, but otherwise it's mostly wasted space. (It's also sided with rough, dark, unfinished barn board - added in the 70's, not original - so it's really dark and hard to clean.) We'd like to rearrange this space and open it up to the kitchen and/or family room to make better use of it.
However, between the kitchen and the utility kitchen is a back staircase to the second floor (master BR) that we use a lot, and also the only stairs to the basement. At the end of the staircase is a chimney that we probably can't remove because of the historic district. This means right now we are leaning away from opening the kitchen wall to the utility kitchen (though I'd still be open to considering this).
What I would like to do is move the door to the stairway from the kitchen side to the utility side, which would eliminate one of the kitchen doors and give us a longer wall and corner to work with. I'd also like to move the bathroom and pantry and open up the family room wall as shown in the second post below.
After that, I'm at a loss for how to rearrange the kitchen to add more storage and a better layout. I've tried a few things, but none of them work all that well. I was hoping someone here might have some suggestions. I'm really open to anything.
One more note: one side of the kitchen opens directly to the foyer. Anyone who comes in the front door can see right in, so sight lines there are important.
Thanks for reading - I would love to hear your ideas!