Opening an old kitchen
We've paid an architect a significant down payment to help us renovate our kitchen, but the ideas aren't flowing like we hoped. Since we can't afford a kitchen designer on top, I'm hoping you can help! The sheer amount and quality of your ideas on floorplans has me...floored! Har, har!
In our current layout, the kitchen is the smallest and darkest room in the downstairs. Boo! The goal is an open, comfortable layout to accommodate a small family and frequent guests. So we want to open the kitchen to the dining room and a little back sunroom, making the back yard as visible as possible.
This is my current iteration, and any/all ideas are welcome and appreciated. Homestyler.com is awesome, but slightly off in terms of scale: everything's slightly smaller than it appears in this rendering.
My major concerns are:
A.) Is there enough prep space between the kitchen and sink? This plan has about 2.5 feet.
B.) I'm not crazy about having the main sink face a wall, but it seems really important that it be on the same run as the stove--I had that once and loved it. Or would it all be okay if I swapped the main sink and the prep sink?
C.) Where can we put the fridge? In its current placement, it frees up counter space, but it's quite a bit away from the main sink and it blocks a lot of the visibility to the back yard.
D.) That short wall in the island is there primarily to block people from being able to see right into the kitchen mess as they walk in the door, which is across from the stairs. Is this smart...or awkward?
E.) Is there enough wall cabinet space? We're both pretty tall. If not, where can I get more?
F.) My last main concern, I suppose, is whether I'm missing any main concerns. ;^)