Layout Sandbox -- What would you do?
What would you do with this layout? Below are the specs for the current house layout, and some pics of the current 1968 kitchen. I am looking for sandbox ideas on what you would do with the space. Right now, I am in the beginning planning stages, and I am struggling to envision the options I have for the space. I figure the great minds here will introduce all kinds of new possibilities.
Home: Currently it is just me and my dog, but the home is really a family house so the kitchen needs to work for a family. House is 2100 sq ft, 4 bd, 2.5 bth built in 1968 in Ohio. The living room, kitchen, and dining room are all undecorated and basic because I have spent the last year of home ownership fixing up the rest of the house.
Design Limitations: No exterior walls move. The wall between the dining room and kitchen can be removed entirely. The wall between the living room and kitchen is load bearing but can have an opening up to 3 ft wide (already talked to an engineer). Not interested in moving any other interior walls at this time. Unfinished basement below so appliances can move wherever. Soffits are empty and can be removed. The stupid wall square in the kitchen used to be laundry chute, but I reworked that so the space is now entirely empty.
Goals: 1) Flow for family environment. 2) Seating to talk to the cook. 3) More storage. 4) More counter space. Space for multiple prep cooks if possible.
Appliances: No limits at this time. I would prefer a separate cooktop and wall oven if possible. An odd struggle with the current layout that I have not solved is that the dishwasher space is rather tight, but that is also impacted by storing plates/cups in the wall cabinets above the dishwasher.
I am looking for a basic idea of how you would use the space, considerations you noticed looking about the layout, any tips you have based on the house, etc. Really rough ideas will do right now -- I am just looking for things to ponder going forward.
Kitchen Blank Layout:
Kitchen -- Standing in kitchen facing sink
Kitchen -- Standing in Hallway
Dining Room -- Standing in living room
Living Room -- Standing at front door