Advice on Layout-New Poster
Longtime lurker here, ready for feedback.
We have had three different layouts from three different designers in the effort to take down our dining room wall and integrate the kitchen and dining room. We are a family of 4, two kids under 10, and do not do a lot of entertaining. The biggest family gathering once/twice a year would be 4 kids and 6 adults.
I am attaching current pictures, and design pics.
The design below is the one we like best. The designer suggested cabs in the far corner of the current dining room to tie in the two areas, which I liked in theory, but I am not sold on what we have come up with there (15 inch custom depth). Thoughts on this area especially welcome, although I might lean towards putting nothing there and seeing about how much space is available in reality. (I am looking for a place to keep the kids' craft supplies, paper, etc). I could always get a piece of furniture instead of built in cabs, or maybe even order the cabs later and install them ourselves?
We have freakishly short ceilings, 90 inches, so our countertop clearance wil be about 16 inches at best. In the island, the three drawer cab will house a microwave drawer, but because it is a 24 inch cab there is no microwave option to show (though Sharp does allow this sort of install) so the top two drawers would be gone. To the left of the microwave drawer is a mixer lifter and to the right is a trash pullout.
I am also wondering about a full counter-ceiling height cab at the end of the outside wall run. Would I regret sacrificing that counterspace, or with the big island available, enjoy the extra cabinet space?
The bank of the 2 three drawer cabs with the regular cabinet in between is where our current kitchen table is. We plan to use these largely to replace the current pantry. Also we are planning on a French Drawer Counter Depth fridge.
This post was edited by ptbecki on Thu, Aug 22, 13 at 20:12