Beach house kitchen layout review please! (Modular reverse living
I am helping my parents design a modular reverse living beach house and would appreciate feedback on the floor plan. They are in their early 60s and hope to retire at the new house in the next 5-7 years. My 91-year old grandma might move in with them permanently if her health requires it. Until retirement, the house will be used heavily as a vacation home with the possibility of some light renting to people we know or friends of friends.
My parents have 4 grown children (ages 24-32) with 3 significant others, plus one infant grandchild and a 50 lb family dog. The house will be primarily used by this group of 10 people, sometimes all at once, and the group will likely grow as more grandchildren and dogs enter the picture. Visits will mostly be long weekends, but there will be a full week or two here and there. Once my parents move in full time, they will still have frequent visitors, mostly from the same group.
Our goal is to maximize communal areas where we spend most of our time. We don't mind having smaller bedrooms and bathrooms, as we don't spend much time there. Based on past vacations we've shared, I expect the vast majority of time to be spent in the kitchen/dining room/living room/upper deck area.
3 family members are cooking enthusiasts and will enjoy preparing elaborate meals, often working together at the same time. The rest of the family has more of a grab-and-go cooking/eating style. I am trying to design the kitchen to allow non-cooks to snack and interact with the cooks without clogging up the work space.
It's hard to tell from the plans, but the kitchen/dining room is vaulted. A roof deck sits directly on top of the living room, and there are windows looking down from the roof deck into the kitchen/dining room.
The island is a single level with counter height seating. I think it may be too large to avoid a seam. We are trying to have storage on both sides.
I am concerned there may not be enough space around the dining room table as well.
We do have some wiggle room with the dimensions of the kitchen. The fridge wall could be pushed back a little and steal some space from the master bedroom if necessary, but it would make the shape of bedroom #2 more awkward.
I'd love to hear what you think! How can we improve?
This post was edited by beach_house on Tue, Sep 9, 14 at 18:01