Layout help please
I am hoping that someone can help me with the layout of the kitchen in the house we are buying. The existing kitchen is 18'10" x 11'. I plan on removing the wall that separates the kitchen and the existing living room/dining room which would make the combined space 22'6" wide. I want to remove the peninsula and bulkhead and have the cupboards run up to the ceiling.
I want an island where 4 people can sit and I was thinking that the seating would be 2 on the end and 2 along the side to make conversation easier. I thought the island would be 7' x 3.5'. I planned 48" between the island and the perimeter cabs. I will extend the counter along the window wall all the way to the other wall which would give us almost 18' of cabinetry. There will be a full wall of 12" deep cupboards to be used as a pantry perpendicular to the window wall. Where the dishwasher is now, I am going to extend that wall a couple of feet longer so that I could fit in the new 36" French 4-door refrigerator. I think I would flip the living room and dining room spaces because I think that makes more sense.
This is hopefully going to be our "forever" home and my DH and I are looking for something we can live with for a long time. Although just the 2 of us will live there, we do like to entertain family a lot and therefore tend to have many people in the kitchen helping out. I don't know where to place the sink, stove, dw, garbage, etc. I am leaning towards an induction range, but am finding it difficult to locate a slide-in (I live in Canada). The sink can go anywhere.
Really, the only thing that needs to remain (of my thoughts) is the kitchen staying on that side of the house and keeping the fridge where I'm going to put it, so that it will be counter-depth.
I have been scouring this site for HOURS and am totally addicted to reading everyone's ideas! You are all so good at visualizing things that I can't even imagine. Please contribute your thoughts. Thank you so much!