Please Critique This Kitchen Design
We're excited to embark on a complete kitchen gut in our late 60's home, where we'd like to live for the next 20 years. We couldn't make an addition work financially, so have decided instead to combine the existing kitchen and dining spaces into one larger, open space. Even when we had a formal dining room, our guests gravitated toward the kitchen, so we're okay with not having a formal dining room.
We'd like a kitchen that will be the heart of the house, where family can gather, and where two people can cook simultaneously. We also have pot luck parties where friends will want to prepare/cook their dishes in our kitchen. We have a ton of kitchen stuff, from the six quart KA mixer to the Italian gelato machine to a huge barware collection. It doesn't all need to live in the kitchen, but we do need a ton of storage. My husband and I have a baby, and plan to have one more child if we're able. Our aesthetic is clean, bright, and modern, with lots of wood and no ornamentation.
There are several design challenges in the existing space, including:
> The kitchen is only 13'4" wide;
> A load-bearing wall that's too costly to remove;
> A sunporch with doors that can't be moved much (the existing opening is 6', but we may shorten to permit a longer cabinet wall);
> The existing exterior window is 6' wide, but only about 18" from the floor, so cabinets can't go in front of that window; and
> Sub-8' ceilings.
Please take a look at the attached floor plan (sorry it's crooked!). The kitchen is too wide to be a galley and a peninsula would cut off the kitchen from the dining area, something we don't want. So, we appear to be stuck with a very narrow island (30") and narrow aisles (approx 40 and 42"). The sink is on the only wall that would permit a sink at a window (We don't want the sink to face a wall). The doorway to the foyer is somewhat moveable, and the entrance to the family room can be completely open. I'm not looking for precision at the moment, just trying to discern the best layout.
Any and all input would be appreciated. What's good? What's bad? How would you change things?
Should the kitchen and dining spaces be flipped, perhaps with a sink in an island looking out toward the sun porch?
HUGE thanks in advance. We've already gone through several designs, and would like input about whether this one is problematic before moving forward.