Kitchen Design and Layout Help Please!
Hello, I posted a few days ago about some issues I was having getting a kitchen layout/design plan from the cabinet maker we selected. I was encouraged to seek input from this group, so here I am!
We are remodeling a 60's ranch. We purchased this house a year ago as part of a downsize/relocation to community we want to retire in. We plan to retire in the next 6-8 years and want this to be our forever home. We have an architect and are already at the drywall stage of construction. Floors are coming in next week and trim after that. We have combined a small kitchen and family room into one space. There is 4/12 pitch vaulted ceiling that runs the length of both rooms. Ceiling is about 10' at the peak. We are a family of 3, with one medium size dog. DH and I usually cook together. We are not serious cooks, but do enjoy making a meal together or baking once a week. What I'm most excited about in the new kitchen is having an island. This will be used for prep, homework, breakfast and quick meals. We entertain family a few times a year, usually not exceeding 15 people.
Style wise, I'm shifting from very traditional to a more casual elegance. We will keep a small dining room, and expect to eat there a couple times a week.
I know that I want painted cabinets (creamy off-white), a black walnut counter on the island, and either light quartz countertops or Corian Witch Hazel (I love marble but don't want the upkeep). Floors will be oak, perhaps with a walnut stain. I want to reduce upper cabinets wherever possible, and have drawer bases as primary storage. We have one small closet that will serve as the pantry. I'm thinking of a nice custom hood on the cooking wall, with no upper cabinets other than an open cupboard near the window to display bowls. I would like to tile that entire wall. Attached are photos of the new space and architectural drawings, a preliminary layout, and a couple inspiration pictures. The architectural drawing showing the kitchen and family room space is not current--we moved the refrigerator to the opposite wall and pushed that wall back to recess the refrigerator. Doors, windows and refrigerator placement are not subject to change at this point. I'm open to all and any ideas--thanks!