Kitchen changes and ideas
I would appreciate all of your thoughts and ideas about our kitchen. Things started simply enough. The controls of our wall oven started arcing and smoking. Repair of a 30 yr old wall oven was not advised so we thought we would buy a new one and just replace it.
When I went to find a new wall oven the only current size I could easily fit in where the old oven was a 24" (because it was in a 24.25" wide brick enclosure, the brick is floor to ceiling 2 sides and front). When I found a 24" oven to look at I could not believe how small the inside was. I am not enthused about getting such a small oven.
So here we are thinking we will need to remove or modify the brick enclosure and some of the cabinetry on that side of the kitchen. I thought that if we are working on the kitchen we should look at what would make the kitchen function better. I have attached the kitchen floor plan.
What I like about my kitchen: I like being able to open the refrigerator and put items on the island. I like the short distance from the sink to the prep area I use by the cooktop. The cabinets are attractive.
What I dislike about my kitchen: I get very frustrated about the flow of the kitchen. It is fine if only one person is in the kitchen, but 2 or more is a traffic problem. When standing at the cooktop, the cook is in front of the refrigerator. The cook has to move if anyone wants into the refrigerator or even to walk on that side of the island. And if someone opens the dishwasher (right side of the sink) you can barely walk from the sink to the cabinets by the refrigerator. I am thinking the island in the kitchen is too big. The work area I end up using is the small strip (13" x 32") at the end of the island. I dislike having my back to the table and windows so I end up using this as the main work area. My Jenn Air cooktop has only 2 burners. There is a small built in desk to the left of the wall oven that we do not use.
If we are going to make modifications to the kitchen I want to consider what would make it function better. I have read many of the posts in the forum and am impressed with the knowledge and creativity of the members. I would really appreciate your thoughts and ideas. Thank you.