Help me with kitchen layout
Hello all. I'm at the very beginning of a kitchen remodel. I've done a basic layout of my current kitchen using the lowes planner. I have two other images to upload, but being new, couldn't figure out how to upload three in one post.
I have a U shaped kitchen. The attached image shows the main part of the kitchen. To the right is the eat-in area which is 87.5 inches from the peninsula to the wall. The end of the peninsula to the cabinets along the wall across from the U is 42". The opening between sides of the U is 49". The entire space is 12'2" x 15'6". Complicating things are the door to the garage (Just at end of wall with range), opening to dining room on wall across from U (opening lines up with table side of peninsula if that makes sense).
So I've seen other kitchens in my configuration renovated. One put their sink in the corner (between windows). One removed peninsula and inserted an island parallel with windows but with a curved end in the eating area to provide seating for 4 (think of a giant comma). I think we want to stick to a separate table since my husband is a tinkerer and I'd rather he potentially damage a table that can be replaced than the granite (think epoxy, soldering, miscellaneous pounding, etc).
I dislike having the dishwasher in the corner since I have to reach across it to put away dishes in the wall cabinets. I want to move it to the peninsula, which I think will force me toward a corner sink so I don't have to turn 180 degrees from sink to load dishwasher?
Anyway--looking for any and all suggestions. On the wall opposite the U is a 24"x24" pantry in corner (which I hate)then my french door fridge (which I love) and a counter with wall cabinets (where we kept the microwave before the built-in one). I don't care for the over stover microwave either, and hope to put it on a shelf at a better height for me (lower than over stove, counter height or higher).
So have I totally confused everyone??? Anyway, I'm looking for any and all helpful suggestions. Thanks!