Kitchen Layout Diagrams in hand...comments please??

11 years ago

After much time, many adjustments, and tons of GW reviewing, we finally have layouts of our kitchen(yay!!). Please give us your feedback so we can make sure we have thought through as much as we can before giving a green light. So excited to have the advice of experts like you to help!! Here is our information (may be WAY too much info, but every bit helps, right?) and then the layout images:

� What are your goals? To increase usable/ functional space, replace dying appliances and create an aesthetically pleasing and inviting place for family and friends to hang out.

� What is your family composition? Two adults and two children (8 and 11).

� How many kitchen workers are there? We all help with various parts at various times. Usually only one main cook while others help with minor prep and/or cleanup.

� How do you see your kitchen used? We use our kitchen for cooking, homework, and as a connection (walk through) from formal areas (LR, DR, BRs) to informal areas (FR and garage). FR is actually what is located at the bottom of the kitchen in the bird's eye view layout. Basically it goes from kitchen into eating are into L shaped FR.

� Do you entertain a lot? We do entertain quite often (much extended family within one hour of us). We are the ones with the "family house"...large house, large yard, toys, games, books, etc. Our entertaining is definitely informal. No one would ever say we are formal:)

� Do you want your kitchen to be a "hang out" place? We do hang out here and would like to continue to do so. Although it is connected to our FR so we "spread hang out".

� Do you have a separate DR? Sort of. We use the formal DR as an entry foyer with four chairs around a table in a circle...very inviting and everyone loves it when they come to the house. But we can move the chairs out and use it if we ever needed to. Never have though.

� Would you like to open up the kitchen to adjacent areas? Our kitchen currently opens into the FR and we are removing a half wall to open up that connection even more.

� Where are you flexible? We are trying to keep costs down so prefer to not do too much structural changes other than close existing doorways and change to an opening where it is in the current layout...our new entry will be between the MW drawer and the fridge cabinet. A good 45" or so in order to maximize openess and match well with what other parts of house look like on the other side of the kitchen.

� What appliances do you plan on having? We will have the following:

o 36" induction cooktop

o Single 30" oven

o MW drawer

o Standard DW

o CD 36" fridge

o 36" hood

� Pantry: We will use drawers and some cabs for daily pantry items. We have a full pantry wall in the laundry room which is just through the diagonal doorway at the bottom of the kitchen (see bird's eye view)

� Cabinets & Table: Will be installing DeWils' frameless mahogany cabinets in a cacao stain (dark brown..but not REAL dark brown). We will eventually get an island after we have lived with the space a bit. The bottom half of the kitchen (see bird's eye view) is our table area. Our table is 30" X 53" and can seat 6 on a regular basis. It swivels and opens up to be 53" X 60" and can seat 8-10 for get-togethers.

Specific Questions:

1) Are there too many upper cabs around the hood? 8 doors!!! All that dark wood! Should we remove some, change them, use glass/panels in all or only some?

2) Does the fridge/ oven wall protrude too much into the space thereby affecting the symmetrical feel of the cooktop wall?

3) Are we missing anything? What do you think?

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