Kitchen Floor Plan -- Advice Please
So, I shared this kitchen plan toward the end of an earlier thread and I'm concerned it got lost. Great tips earlier, and I'm hoping to discern whether this design is workable or I need to get back to the drawing board (literally!).
I have a rather tough space to work with, so the collective wisdom of Gardenweb would be GREATLY appreciated.
We'd like a kitchen that will be the heart of the home, where family can gather, and where two people can regularly cook simultaneously. We also have pot luck parties where friends will want to prepare/cook their dishes in our kitchen. Our aesthetic is clean, warm, and modern, with lots of wood and no ornamentation. We're thinking wood slab cabinets with soapstone counters. We won't have another dining space, so the dining area needs to be big enough so that we can add a few leaves for a larger table.
There are several design challenges in the existing space, including:
> The kitchen is only 13'4" wide;
> A sun porch with doors that can't be moved much (the existing opening is 6', but we can replace it with something smaller);
> The existing exterior window is 6' wide, but only about 19" from the floor, so cabinets can't go in front of that window; and
> Sub-8' ceilings (94.5").
I'm concerned that with this narrow space, the room will feel closed in if we put cabinetry on both long walls. With this design, the left wall is entirely open except for windows and a sliding glass door. There are wide aisles, and based on advice in the prior thread, I've shrunken the island (is this better, hollysprings?). This kitchen has an island; but for most uses, it's an L-shaped kitchen as you'd rarely have to go to the left side of the island for cooking or prepping.
I've tried to not clutter the floor plan with too much detail, but please let me know if you have any questions. And, again, a BIG THANK YOU for all the great input.