Please help with kitchen size and layout
DH and I are planning to build a house in the foreseeable future. I am trying to come up with a sensible floor plan, but I am a bit lost when it comes to the kitchen design.
Here is some background info. DH and I are 30 years old, planning to have 2 kids. We have a very small (extended) family, and don't cook/ bake/ entertain often. We use the microwave daily for breakfast/ dinner. I cook (mostly stir-fry) about 3-4 times a week. DH grills outside about 1-2 times a week. It would be nice to fit 2 cooks in the kitchen, but it's not a requirement.
I desire a powerful vent hood that vents directly outside, as I have a very sensitive nose and don't want any smells to stay inside the house. Having lots of windows and natural light is also important to me. I prefer to have no upper cabinets, so the floor looks more open. DH wants a drawer-type dishwasher (which we currently have), or a regular one that can be mounted higher than usual, as he really dislikes to have to bend down to load/unload things.
I want to have one and only one eating place, i.e. a large table either in the center of the kitchen, or next to the kitchen. I hope the table can double as a homework place for the kids. I don't want to have an island again, because everything seems to pile up on it, and people tend to eat their meals on the island (vs. table), which doesn't feel like a real meal to me.
Below are my preliminary drawing of the first floor layout, and the zoomed-in kitchen and pantry area. Nothing is final, so the countertop/ appliances/ etc can be resized and/or moved around.
[ Edit to add:
There will be two decent-sized bedrooms upstairs (half-story) for the kids, above the kitchen/ dining/ living room, instead of directly above the master bedroom and study. There will also be a large entertainment area in the basement for TV/ games/ etc. I don't have a drawing for these areas yet.
Also, based on the feedback I've got so far, I updated my main-floor drawing (scroll almost all the way down), to include a powder room and a separate laundry on the main floor. I will probably add a bathroom to the basement as well. So there will be 4 bathrooms total for me to clean, about the same amount of work as the current house.. ]
Is the kitchen size okay? The legs are 15' each, the bottom of the "U" is 11' (including the corners). Should I make the bottom wider, e.g. 14' rather than 11'?
I am sure the work triangle could use some improvement. I am thinking of either switching the sink/dishwasher with the oven, or moving the microwave to the oven leg. I thought of moving the kitchen door somewhere else, so the fridge can be placed next to the countertop (the sink leg), but it seems convenient to have that door there.
Any feedback will be greatly appreciated!
This post was edited by ILoveCookie on Thu, Oct 10, 13 at 12:23