Rough layout -- please critique?
Hi kitchen gurus, we would love any feedback you could give us on the rough layout of our kitchen, in particular, placement of appliances and fixtures in relation to each other. If we can get your seal of approval on a layout concept, we'd feel more secure working out measurements and more detail.
Here's a very crude sketch (the icons are just placeholders and not the actual appliance/fixture sizes), the room is 16'X21'.
Beyond this room: Top leads to large covered porch area. Right is dining room and living room. Bottom goes to workroom/pantry. Left is garden and lawn area for kids play.
Right wall (Cleanup area): Dishwasher is left of cleanup sink. Compost somewhere. The sketch is showing a pass though in the sink area to collect from the dining room. We would store dishes and glasses here.
Bottom wall (Food/snack area): Microwave drawer on this wall, toaster oven would live on the counter. Trash/recycling in the lower left area of the room or in the adjacent workroom/pantry.
Left wall (Cooking area): The sink is meant to be a prep/pot sink. Most frequently used pots and pans will hang on wall between sink and range. The long wall area behind the range cannot be changed.
Kitchen table: We would use this for some food prep (some of us are short), homework, and eating. We would prefer not to have an island because my husband really detests counter-height seating.
About us: Family of 7, including 3 young kids and 2 grandparents. Several of us like to cook but it is rare to have more than one person cooking at a time. We have anywhere from 4 to 10 people for meals, depending on who is traveling, working late, or visiting. We'll have breakfasts and quick snacks at the kitchen table and when the whole family is around we'll eat dinner at the dining table in the next room.
Sorry for the essay, any other information that would be helpful, please let me know. Thanks for any opinions and please fire away!