Layout Help: My Goldilocks Kitchen
It's either too small or too big! I need to figure out the one that is 'just right'.
Here is the current configuration. Trying to work within this footprint leaves everything feeling squashed in and too small.
We decided to remove the wall behind the cooktop/fridge and relocate the laundry room/closet area to gain that space. However, that leaves us with an 18' foot space that is too big to be functional when accounting for traffic flow. We plan to close in exterior door in kitchen and put a window in that area (there are currently none in kitchen proper).
The two KDs I've spoken with were both pretty much stumped. I'm stuck. I know you guys are extremely clever-can anyone take a stab at this?
The "hearth room" has the only access to the backyard/pool area, so traffic is a big concern. I'm open to utilizing whatever space is needed in that room-we have an additional living room. But I think it might be cost prohibitive to completely relocate kitchen to that room, vs. trying to work within the current room.
I would really like a bar/island seating, and I need a table as well, since we don't have a formal dining room.
2 adults, 2 kids, we like to entertain and have people round often.
The pantry area is shelving that is original to the house, and I would like to keep it if at all possible. The interior doorway to the living room can be moved, but it would have to be down, since the pantry is above it in the floorplan.
The dark black rectangle is a structural beam.
The headless realtor. Ha.
FWIW-this is not our 'forever' home. At least that isn't the plan at this point. ;-)