Critique my kitchen layout, please!
Let me start by saying that I'm a longtime lurker and have learned so much from people on this forum. We are finally gearing up to expand our house, which is a rather modest rambler. We'll be pushing one wall of the house out by 8 ft, which will gain us a bigger kitchen and an additional bedroom.
I think I have most of my layout under control but what do I know?? I would be really, really grateful if you kitchen gurus look this over and tells me if something doesn't make sense. Here is what we know:
The kitchen will be approx 19 x 11 ft. It's an L-shape with a very long vertical line and a very short horizontal one. There is a small island.
I want ample prep space (which is accomplished by a stretch of counter (39'') plus the island. I plan for all drawers, no upper cabinets, and some fancy backsplash tile to serve as a focal point.
On the short line of L will be the fridge with cabinets on top and open shelving (where upper cabinets usually would be) to house a microwave and cookbooks/knick-knacks.
There is a bay window bump-out, into which a U-shaped booth will be fitted. The booth will be flanked by 18''-wide drawer stacks with glassfront cabinets on top.
I love to cook and bake, but presently my crap kitchen doesn't allow for much of it, and it makes me unhappy.
As for the looks, I am planning white shaker style cabinets (IKEA! Here I come!), undecided on countertop, hardwood, and I am in love with Moorish tiles for the backsplash. I am going to post some inspiration pics separately.