Help with kitchen design! Totally from scratch - eek!
First time posting on the Kitchens board. We are renovating our 1870s New Orleans house, and designing the kitchen basically totally from scratch - all that was in it when we bought it were a sink, stove, and refrigerator, no counters, cabinets, etc. We are pushing out the rear wall of the kitchen approximately three feet (we would go more, but the door needs to line up with the hall way that we are opening back up - it had been closed up with two bathrooms - and the curved room and windows prevent moving it back any further). When it's all said and done it will be roughly 13'6" by 12'6", and the ceilings will be about 10', perhaps a little higher.
This is our first stab at a layout. We are thinking to move the one window that is on the existing side wall to the rear, and put it together with the existing window in that wall to make a nice big double window over the old farmhouse sink that came with the house (of course, that will mean some counter will be in front of windows too, but since we're rebuilding that whole wall, is there any reason we can't just make those windows higher, especially since we have high ceilings?? - actually, looking at the existing floor plans, I believe the sill height is just over 41", so that should be just fine then - I need to go home and measure!), and then just make some high windows above the cabinets on the side of the house to get some natural light in there. We also did inherit a wonderful 1954 O'Keefe and Merrit stove, so we're definitely incorporating that.
Musts include the island (mainly for prep, with a small sink and a couple of induction burners, secondarily for seating) and wall ovens (the O&M has a teeny-tiny oven).
We also decided to make this funny space, what would otherwise be dead space between the kitchen and den/family room a small butler's pantry/wet bar. It's not very big, but should be just enough room for a small counter and sink and ice maker, and a pantry cabinet on the other side).
We are not sure yet what we will be doing in terms of countertops, but we are almost certainly going to be making custom cabinets out of wood that came out of the house (that sounds pretty cool to us - talk about recycling!), so that should make things much easier.
Any thoughts, ideas, suggestion, etc. would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance!