Advice on our kitchen remodel - Round 2
What do you think about the layout for our kitchen remodel? About a week ago, we asked for advice. Based on your helpful suggestions, we've made some significant changes, and we think that it is coming along quite well. However, the IKEA sale ends this Sunday, and we need to finalize the design really soon. Below, we've described some of the issues that remain.
We have drawn the plan with a GE OTR Cafe Advantium microwave. We know that OTR hoods aren't great, but we can't find alternative for the microwave. We considered putting it to the left of the fridge, but several people pointed out that it would stick out too far. We can't put it to the left of the cooktop because it interferes with the corner cabinet. And we don't want to put it in a base cabinet because we desperately need storage and countertop space. So, we're open to further ideas of where to put the microwave, but we are leaning toward the OTR unless a fantastic alternative emerges.
We had counted on removing the soffit above the range and corner cabinet, but we have discovered that we can't. Additionally, we cannot remove the soffit above the fridge. We are bummed about it, but our proposed plan is to use the IKEA Ramsjo paneling to cover the soffit. We plan to make faux horizontal cabinets by cutting the soffit paneling to match the sizes of the wall cabinets and installing cabinet pulls. We're not entirely sure how this will look, but we really want to hide the soffit. Any thoughts on this problem or our strategy?
Several people had suggested that we move the range to the right to increase space between the sink and cooktop. We liked that idea, but we want to keep that 30" cabinet to the right of the cooktop. It will have pullout shelves for the pots & pans. The blind corner cabinet to the left of the oven will have a lazy susan with small appliances (blender, crockpot, etc.).
We read up on some of the drawbacks of the cooktop over oven, but after a lot of measuring and soul-searching, we don't think the lower height will bother us too much. With a small/tight kitchen, we want the clean, linear look of the cooktop. The view into our kitchen from the foyer is along the wall with the cooktop/oven, and the range we have now looks large and obtrusive.
Finally, we have debated about which cabinets should go to the left of the dishwasher. The current plan has a 24" cabinet directly to the left of the D/W (facing the chairs, obviously) and a 30" bank of drawers to start the peninsula. Our other option was a 2nd blind corner cabinet with a pull-out lazy susan. We figure that the drawers would be more useful to us (we plan on storing our baking dishes in the bottom drawer, "tupperware" in the middle, and various kitchen tools and utensils in the top drawer). We know that the blind corner/lazy susan would provide easier access, but we're not sure how to use that space effectively.