Two kitchen layouts -- which one to choose?
My kitchen /dining area is a modest 20 x 14.5 -- enough space, given that I have a 12 x 8 pantry /mudroom attached. I prefer to have a small, highly efficient kitchen . . . and all my storage nearby.
The dining area is small, but if we can seat 6-8, we'll be fine. We will have a large outdoor seating area (by the pool) for larger gatherings; since we're in the South, this is fine for all but dead of winter.
My husband and I both cook, but we don't tend to cook together. Our youngest is 16, so we'll be empty nesters soon.
I'm attaching the first layout, the one I think I prefer, to this post. I'll attach the second to the second post.
Pros /Cons of this layout:
This layout allows more direct access from the back yard to the kitchen area.
Less counterspace, and the counterspace is more "viewable" from the table area.
Provides a place for someone to sit while I'm cooking.
Stove has enough room, but it isn't spacious.
The long 12" deep dish storage (doors on bottom, glass on top) will provide space for my seven sets of dishes and assorted serving items. Everyday dishes will go in upper cabinets above dishwasher. Yes, this is too many dishes, but I don't care to de-clutter in this area!