Cabinet arrangement - Can you help?
We have been working on our kitchen layout for a couple years. Just couldn't decide what to do with the fridge placement, and trying to DIY which wasn't moving along at all. During my last post in January linked below, I had planned to put the fridge on the stove wall.
We were finally able to get a contractor hired and had to make decisions regarding electrical placement to take advantage of when he could fit us in. At the last minute I decided I just didn't want to feel closed in by the fridge at the stove and the LR entryway, so moved the fridge to the bottom wall. All electrical was finished, ceiling and walls were textured and we discovered we couldn't do a range hood vent to the outside through our roof. (Flat roof, corrigated metal, too much snow in winter and no one who knew how to handle it.) Now to get my range hood vented, we will take it to the ceiling and then do a 90 degree converting from a 6" to a 3.25 x 10" which will run above our cabinets straight out through the upper exterior wall ( in the top right). My ceilings are 101", so will use 42" uppers and then run molding above that to hide the pipes and take everything to the ceiling.
Below is a proposed layout that we are considering. I am unsure about the upper and lower cabinet layout and could use your input.
Would you leave the 2 18" base drawer cabinets in the upper left, or would you convert that to a 36" drawer base?
This is the wall I am most concerned about. What do you think about the uppers and lowers here? My planner wanted to keep the uppers and lowers the same, which is why she put in the 12" uppers on both the right and left of the stove. It seems a little off to me.
In this picture, the stove is located at 72" from the top corner. My electrical placement for the stove and wiring for the hood allows me to place the stove between 66 and 72 inches. I thought it made the most sense to place more distance between the stove and the sink corner. I would have like to go 69", but this cabinet line (American Woodmark or Shenandoah) doesn't have a 33" drawer base. However, maybe there is a better arrangement? I do have a 12" tray cabinet to the right of the stove, but it could go to the left if that helped.
I liked the idea of a glass cabinet, so they put one in, but not sure it looks right. Also, I am strongly considering putting a 36" Under cabinet hood in instead of a 30".
Besides the arrangement, I am also worried about the room looking too crowded or dark. We are considering using Cherry spice (a brownish color). This is what my husband wants, but I am afraid it will be too dark. We had a white kitchen for 19 years, and I liked it, so I would have been happy to go with white again.
On the fridge wall I only have 56 inches between bathroom doorway and passageway to basement. I am putting a 12" deep, 24" wide pantry by the fridge with doors opening away. Those are fake doors on the fridge side.
Does anyone have any input on the arrangement of the cabinets, especially on that stove wall?
Thanks so much for any input. I need to get cabinets ordered soon.