I'll bet you think I want help with my layout, don't you...
...don't you, don't you now?
I'm not so vain as to think that I'm the layout queen :>P
sooo...would you all take a gander at what I've patched together in paint on top of our antiquated house design software plan?
1. The only window is over the sink as shown in the layout.
2. Main entry is through the kitchen to the rest of the house. We have no "front" door d/t how the house is situated. I say this to head off the "is there room for an island" question, as the floor needs to be open for traffic flow.
3. We want the (south) wall between the kitchen/dining porch open as much as possible as the best view of the river is that way.
Also, after walls went up on the bedroom side of the house (not visible here), I became aware of the need to not 'wall off' these main living areas from each other. AND, after seeing bunches of references to natural light in various GW threads, I realized this kitchen is d.a.r.k. with only a west window/deep roof overhang, so figured opening the wall on the south could only help with the overall light in the place. It's a pretty dark, shady house overall.
4. My concern with this plan is that the fridge is about 10' away from the sink (not that I couldn't use the exercise) but if I pull the wall behind the fridge into the kitchen more, I lose precious cab space by the stove. If I move the fridge to the left of the sink, it seems to bork my prep area/counter space over there, esp since the fridge would be next to a wall (door clearance yada, yada). I thought of putting the fridge to the right of the stove but then I have what? A wall and no storage. And the fridge still 10+'away from the sink.
5. There is a step down into the dining porch of about 6-7" AND the ceiling starts at 7 1/2' and slopes down to 7' at the outside wall. Kitchen ceiling is 9'. This makes opening the whole space into one out of the question, I've been informed and I guess that makes sense.
Does anyone see any possibilities that I don't see?
I suggested to DH that we could run cabs on the south wall instead of the open railing and put the sink there but he nixed that idea. Wants it as open as possible with a rustic-y cedar railing type thing. I could lean on him in that direction but I'm not sure it would gain me a whole lot by introducing another corner in the equation.
p.s. to anyone that paid some attention to my prev. layout. Yes, there used to be an entirely different layout UNTIL I got freaky about the dark factor and the closed off factor. That's when the idea of opening the wall up to the porch took shape.