Kitchen Layout Input Please

spaganoSeptember 19, 2013

Hi All. We are in the beginning stages of redoing our kitchen. We recently purchased a house and while the current kitchen is OK it shows a lot of wear (appliances are in bad shape, some cabinets are hanging a bit lower than others, formica is peeling, drawers are separating). The current kitchen is only about 10 years old but did handle a family with 4 home schooled kids so received a LOT of use. We are planning on updating the appliances and switching from a range to a 36" cook top and double oven so we thought it would be wise to redo it all at once instead of in stages. Here is my favorite layout so far and I'm very happy with it. But... I know additional eyes can catch things that I may have missed. Any input is appreciated. Haven't decided on colors yet but will probably go with Shiloh. Thanks so much!

Oh-right side opening is to laundry/half bath hallway and side entrance. Lower right is to "formal" living room (will be a quite sitting room for us). Lower left opening is to what is a formal dining room but will be a play & craft area and the other opening on the left is to the family room

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    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 12:05PM
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Looks like a good layout, but if it were mine I would have all the base cabinets drawers also would I eleminate the desk and have that space a pullout pantry.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 3:30PM
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What are you dimensions, for the room? Have you considered making a larger opening between the table and family room? Or would you prefer to keep the spaces separate? Maybe French doors?

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 3:38PM
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Where's primary prep?

In general, the most convenient place for primary prep is the counter between the sink and the cooktop/range. Since that space is too small in your plan, I'm guessing that primary prep would be the island, which could work of course, but I think it would be best if you could increase the length of the run between the sink and to at least 42". Could you move or increase the width of the window above the sink to accomodate shifting the sink left a foot or so?

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 3:51PM
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What is your current layout? What do you like most/least about it?

Do you have a desk area now? Do you use it? I agree with ice - to me having a desk chair backing up to island seating is crowded and redundant. I incorporated all the functions of my desk into a wall of cabinets in my new kitchen (complete with file drawers, charging station, and drawers for pens, phone books, checkbook, etc).

How deep are the pantry cabinets?

    Bookmark   September 19, 2013 at 4:05PM
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