Just getting started with kitchen design
I'm attaching a rough sketch of what I think we want to do. I used the ikea kitchen planner, but we will have custom cabinets, so please ignore the "filler" cabinets I added. Also the island will be basically square with the ledge by the stools at bar height.
This is for new construction-- the red boxes on the walls are where the walls are actually not there (sorry for not figuring out how to use the planner correctly). The smaller passageway next to the fridge leads to the mudroom, and behind the stools is open to the dining area and then beyond that, the family room space.
I'm thinking that I'll store dishes in the wall cabinets closest to the dining area, and keep snacks in the pantry, so that I can keep traffic in the main part of the kitchen down to a minimum. We plan to have a small beverage fridge in the island, facing the bottom of the page. We'll have some storage in the mudroom around the corner for rarely used and bulky items. I'm worried about having enough space.
One odd thing in our plan-- we are hoping to put a downdraft range in front of a window (anyone have any experience/reviews of jennair ranges?).
We do cook dinner from scratch almost every night. We have three kids at home, and they will sometimes help, so a kitchen that can work for 2 cooks is ideal. We bake only occasionally, and when we entertain it tends to be fairly causal. We will have 9 foot ceilings and the tallest wall cabinets I can get.
Thanks for any feedback! It's easiest to fix things when it's all on paper. :)