Help Help this layout needs help!
I would appreciate some help. We reached decision paralysis last time and just threw our hands up in the air and replaced the ruined floor after the flood but delayed the major Reno. However now we are ready to start this, but have no idea which direction to go.
Tiny kitchen by today's standard. The room is 11'8 by 11'8. I really don't know how much pantry storage I need. The only items we keep are grains, beans,lentils, spices, pastes, oils, vinegars and a few jars of tomatoes.I store flours in the freezer same with nuts. We do have a few bulky items: vitamix, dehydrator and rice cooker. And this will be a working kitchen! We cook every day at least twice a day even if it's only oatmeal in the morning and a quick veggie primavera at night.
Buehl came up with a very nice plan a while ago.
But the husband isn't sure about what it would entail as he doesn't think the wall the DW would be on is tall enough. He doesn't want to close that wall up completely as it makes stairwell seem more open. He also questions why we'd want to stare at a wall during dish clean up instead of the fireplace or whatever game is on tv or talk to someone at the peninsula. I guess I just liked the 2 sinks and ease of cleanup as the dish storage was right next to the area. Does anyone know if we would need to increase the height of the wall? The husband says it's not expensive to move the refrigerator line however he is more concerned with moving the DW and adding am extra sink. �Any ballpark on how much that would run. �The area under the kitchen isn't finished yet. So i think it should be fairly easy for the plumber as he doesn't have to ruin a ceiling or break up cement?
Then we have this one:
The pantry cabinet is a tad bigger.. But is it big enough? We have also played around with just putting a floating shelf desk rather than the 21" cabinet next to the refrigerator. We could tuck a stool underneath it and use that to jot down a shopping list from one of the cookbooks stored above. Not sure if this is best use of space or if either the floating desk or pantry are large enough to be fully functional
Lose counter space but gain more storage... Is this the best option? �Or is this last one?
Please be honest. Do you prefer any layout over the others? Do you have a different suggestion. I love critical information. Brutal honesty welcomed!