New Construction Kitchen Layout: Need critiqued!

britwootenJune 21, 2014

We are about to sign a contract to start building our home, and are getting nervous about a few things! The kitchen seemed fine right up until the end, when we realized this was such as permanent decision :)

This is by no means a huge kitchen, but there is absolutely no space to make it wider. We could expand off of the eat-in area if necessary. I have contemplated expanding the eat-in area and then flipping the two areas so that the kitchen area is larger. However, I don't know if it would be strange to have an eat-in area with no windows. I have come to terms with no windows in my kitchen after walking through a few houses (as long as there are lots of large windows in the eat-in area).

We were thinking the back wall (behind the island) could be a wall of shallow cabinets with tall doors to use as a pantry. The large double doors pictured was supposed to be a double fridge/freezer combo, but I am debating taking that down to a standard fridge to gain cabinet space (although we like the idea of the double unit to get rid of our upright freezer!) .

A few details: The back wall of cabinets are 15 1/2" deep. There is 4'6" between those cabinets and the island. There is 3'9" between the island and the standard cabinets. The island is 2'6" wide by 5'10" long. I really don't want to use my island for a sink/range because it is my primary work space as I HATE prepping with overhead cabinets above me. Also, I have an 8 foot span of cabinets in my butlers pantry off of the dining room for a bit of extra storage.

Right now, we are planning the sink centered with the island so it is more accessible to the table, but could switch it with the range (on the short run of cabinets).

Please let me know if this is a workable space! If it is just terrible, then tell me... I can take the heat :)

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Also, we have decided to forgo a basement and therefore have a bit of extra square footage that can be re-allocated. I have posted a picture of this half of the house below. If I move the mudroom and door from the garage down, I can move the bathroom down a bit and gain some space for a walk-in type pantry. That sounds REALLY appealing to have a place to park my appliances, but I m just not sure where a fridge could go. I could put it to the right of the pantry and steal a bit of space from the garage, but I am not sure having the fridge behind the island will work well?

I only know how to post one picture in a post, so this one is of the current floor plan with the stairs that will be removed. I will follow up with what I had in mind with the pantry.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 8:13PM
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And here is what I was thinking....

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 8:14PM
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Sophie Wheeler

Some actual dimensions and appliance spacing would help a lot, but at first glance, no this kitchen doesn't have the type of space needed to do what you want. It wastes a lot of potentially useful space in hallways surrounding the kitchen as well. If the rest of the plan is as poorly laid out, you are right to have concerns.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 8:22PM
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Your dining room reminds me of our last home, which I just loved. We had a kitchen about your size, maybe a little longer. We had a peninsula with sink facing the bank of windows in the casual dining room. It was as if I had one big window in front of the sink. You probably don't need a walk in pantry when you have a butlers pantry. I'll try to draw out something like what I had a little later.
I can see your kitchen and eat in area are 14 ft wide. How long are each of the rooms?

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 8:43PM
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Thanks for the quick feedback!

The length of the entire space is 23'11" and it is almost exactly cut in half. The kitchen area is 12' (so 12 x 14'2").

That would be so helpful to see your layout! Thank you so much! I will start to play around with a peninsula style. I was REALLY set on an island design but if it is really just terrible, then I will have to reconsider :(! A peninsula might be a good solution!

As far as the hallway space goes, there is not much I can do about that :) I really do not want our guest bedroom's only access point through the kitchen, so the hallway is necessary. I have posted a picture of the entire floor plan if that helps any.

I am working on marking the floor plan up with more dimension so I will post that asap.

Thanks again for the feedback! Any more suggestions would be fantastic!

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 9:31PM
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I marked this up the best that I could... I hope it is understandable! Please let me know if I need to include anything else.

Also, would it be strange to extend the island and back wall of cabinets? Or would it be strange to see them from the living area?

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 9:48PM
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I tried to fit the peninsula into your layout, but I'm not sure it works. My kitchen was actually a little smaller, but open to the hallway with a shallow pantry across the hallway. My isles were not the standard 42 inches, but they worked well in the kitchen (better than the the kitchen I have now with the 42 inch clearance) The stove sink and peninsula as drawn are similar to what i had. I'm not sure you have room for the bar seating in front of the sink. My fridge was a little further from where I drew yours and I'm not sure if where I put it is ideal. Also I took another foot from your garage to give you extra width.
I am definitely not an expert in this area. I went to a couple of kitchen designers to get layout help before we finalized the floor plan and one designer was excellent and had great ideas.
Actually, I like your original floor plan and shallow pantry. Putting a 30 in cabinet next to the fridge should help when setting things down and using the fridge.
I don't think you've allowed enough room on either side of your stove and I don't think I would want to switch it with the sink.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2014 at 1:08PM
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Thank you so much for taking your time to draw this out! So helpful! I am still playing with it but it seems this might be the route to go! Thank you so much for taking your time to draw this out!

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 11:26PM
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