layout experts...measurements not working out (I think)
Hollysprings...buehl....you all know who you are. Please help.
So, Hollysprings suggested I move the fridge and add a peninsula with a corner prep sink. I taped it out, adding space for a 15 inch sink and trying not to make the peninsula be wider than the entrance to our great room so I don't have to make the archway into the great room smaller.
It made the peninsula only 3 feet wide, which I know the recommendation is 41 inches with chairs. Also, to fit the 15 inch sink at the corner, it gives me about 10 inches between the peninsula and stove. Is that enough space?
Also, on the layout below, you can see where the existing pantry cabinet is. DH thinks if we keep it, it will be too tight between the peninsula and pantry - it's a little more than 5 feet of square space based on my rough taping/estimates. The dark corner is pretty much wasted space currently; however, the microwave is hidden in the pantry so I'd have to find a place for that if we moved it.
Finally, I'm attaching a photo as one would walk in from our front door, looking into the dining room and kitchen entrance. We are planning to make that dining room a less formal eat-in area. Is there a way to open that up to the kitchen without making it so the kitchen is *that* noticable if you're coming in the front door? I'm wondering if my peninsula, or maybe an island, should go at that end of the kitchen instead of the other end that's currently on this layout. However, someone had mentioned that I don't want that much openness to the front of the house, where people coming in can see the mess.