Small kitchen needs your help.
Hi everyone. I'm back for layout help.
This is a small kitchen (11'8 by 11'8). Currently the kitchen is just a L shaped with a dining table. It was functional until some major water damage... Now it's time to renovate and I think I want to move the refrigerator to a different wall. Is this a good idea? I am a little worried about losing dining space; however we eat dinners in our dining room or on the screened porch. Plus we still have the peninsula. Currently the peninsula is a raised bar. I don't know whether to keep this or lower it. I love having the raised peninsula for Sunday football get togethers and march madness... It also comes in handy when we host family dinners. But, would a countertop that extends be more fitting for quick lunches?
The doorway by the sink run/ peninsula area leads to the family room (straight ahead) and the whited out doorway leads to the stair landing and formal dining room/living room (to the right) The other doorway leads to the foyer and formal living room and hall leading to brs and baths. Groceries come in through the garage and family room... I am thinking of some kind of work table or rolling island against the empty wall that could act as grocery landing space?
i would rather not relocate gas. Unless you can tell me why it would greatly improve my life. There really is no place to expand into. The kitchen seems to be sized properly as our home is only 1800 on main floor and 1800 on lower level walk out. There is a kitchen in the lower level as well..so we do not need wall ovens etc. The few times a year we do, we just make use of the lower kitchen. And we tend to use the lower level kitchen in the summer as it is near grill and pool... Since we have no windows in this kitchen, our renovation will likely include solar tubes or sky lights, but I haven't even begun to research those yet.
The other thing you must work around is the 12" soffit on the range run. This lowers the ceiling from 8' to 7' there. So 30" uppers.
I have also been debating on downsizing the monster refrigerator as there are only 2 of us and we go to the farmers market twice a week. Yet my mother in law pointed out, that if a baby comes along or we sell that a bigger refrigerator may be better than 24" or 21" pantry cabinets. Is she right? Fixed shelves or sliding shelves? Or a mixture? Am I better off ordering these after or directly from manufacture?
Finally, the KD said she preferred cabinets with ROT for pots and pans, but I was thinking drawers? What are the pros/cons of each?
Thank you in advance for any and all help!!