Okay, you win! I included a prep sink
I'm going to keep saying it-- your input has been SO HELPFUL. I feel like I'm really getting new great ideas with things I wouldn't ever consider.
And to show that I am listening I have reconsidered the prep sink. :) Lol.
So now my latest and greatest is attached for everyone to study and help me realize my newest mistakes. Your thoughtfulness and honesty is appreciated.
Here's what I see is good:
--cleaning zone is very close to the eating area (for clearing dishes) and dish storage (for unloading dw)
--trash/compost is centrally located for scraping dishes and for prep work
--standing there doing dishes I will be able to keep an eye on the family room (with little kids that's a good idea) and also enjoy the mountain views which will be out the back right windows of our house
--the prep and cooking zone (including the fabulous new prep sink) are well situated together and will also allow me to hang out with guests at the island when entertaining (or when the kids are there doing homework in a few years)
I'm really excited about the layout. And a little nervous that someone is going to point out a fatal flaw! :)