Opinions on kitchen layout/appliances
We are in the process of building a new house, and I'm a little torn about the kitchen layout and appliances. I've attached the blueprint for the kitchen area, but the picture didn't turn out well, so I'll try to describe it a little more. The long wall of the kitchen is about 10'4". There is a 5' walkway between it and a 10'x 3.5' island. The short wall of the kitchen is 7' 5". The sink will be in the island. Currently, we were planning on having a gas range (GE Cafe) with above range microwave centered on the long wall, and the refrigerator on the end of the shorter wall. Now, I'm having second thoughts. I really love the look of vent hoods, and not so much the look of a microwave over the oven. So, I'm now considering going with a separate cooktop and a wall oven/microwave combo. I think it would probably have to go on the corner of the long wall next to the doorway (so it's closer to the short wall of the kitchen).
My main concern is losing the counter space with the wall oven. Do you think it's worth it to get the separate cooktop and vent hood? Also, do you think this layout will function well? I don't have much flexibility with the actual layout of the room, but I can move the appliances around. I'd appreciate any opinions!