Help with Kitchen Design for new construction
U've read the sticky thread, so I'm hoping I don't forget to include anything important. I'm building a new home of the floor plan I attached. I would be cooking solo for most meals, as I only have my older son (22) left at home and 1 labrador mix dog. I generally host family holidays at my house, and do most of my bigger meals on the weekends with quicker meals during the week. I'm planning on a standard 30" gas range, deep double bowl sink, dishwasher and refrigerator. I plan on using a range hood and a seperate microwave. I'm considering putting the microwave on a shelf so it's off the counter but I'm open to ideas.
I'm moving from a 1930s Tudor with a kitchen I gutted. I like most things about my current kitchen still after 9 years of living with it, other than the charcoal Marmoelum floor (hard to keep clean). My current kitchen has quartz countertops but I'm debating if I should get those again or do something different as I would prefer more of a matte finish. I went with quartz for the previous kitchen as my ex was always cutting on the counters, where I tend to use a cutting board.
I'm trying to stick with an Arts and Crafts style throughout for the new house so I know that I want oak cabinets. I'm also planning on 3/4" oak flooring throughout, other than the laundry/mudroom and baths.
Two things I'm really struggling with:
1. Do I rotate the island?
2. What to do for countertops? The quartz has been durable but it's black so it does show spots and I'm not sure the shiny finish of most quartz or granite goes with the look I'm going for.
I forgot to add, I changed the door swing on the door from the laundry room also.
Other feedback about the layout is welcome. Thank you.