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Option 1 or Option 2 for Kitchen Layout?

11 months ago

What's your choice between the kitchen layouts below for our renovation?

Option 1 or Option 2? Extra credit if you tell me why because this decision is driving me bonkers!

Option 1 - L-shape with 8' Island and separate beverage station

Option 2 - Back wall of cabs (requires making the window shorter) and 10' island

Pics of our home:

Layout of house

Current kitchen space

Picture of Family Room before the flood (and forced renovation!) You can see we took out the wall b/w family room and kitchen

Also, here's background info:

Height: 9' ceilings

Size: 22'x13' with 13' opening between kitchen and living room

People: 2.5 people space (husband, me, bonus 10yo daughter who is with us half-time - 2 weeks at a time). 1 cook, 1 helper at a time.

Use: We cook 1-2 times a week and eat together. We like to entertain more casually (e.g. I like to prep things and have them set out so people can enjoy and graze). I host retreats at my house which have a chef and she would use the kitchen and then we would eat in the formal dining room.

We also have a formal dining room that can seat 10-12 easily.

Flexibility: Right now, we can do anything because the kitchen is gutted!

Desires: Beverage Station (we do lots of tea, coffee, sparkling water). Counters to be as clutter-free as possible. I love a large island (preferably around 8'). Work zones need to make sense because I like efficiency and a good flow to things. Would love a breakfast nook, even if small for our everyday meals. I want the kitchen to look high-end and custom.


  • GE Cafe Series Matte White Fridge - 36" counter depth
  • Will buy the GE Cafe Series Matte White oven too (debating between 30" or 36" for aesthetic only - not function since we don't cook a lot)
  • 24" Bosch dishwasher stainless steel
  • Can show or hide the microwave
  • Small appliances we use often are the air fryer and blender for smoothies

Pantry: We have a walk-in pantry in the kitchen under the stairs that fits our family needs.

Desired Style: Transitional/Coastal Glam. White shaker cabinets with white Oak Island. Quartz counters. Glass cabs possibly sprinkled throughout. Matte white Cafe series fridge and oven. Hardware - champagne bronze.

Mission/Vision: A gorgeous kitchen that makes you say wow when you see it AND is easy to use/functional for our every day use. Light and Airy with a luxury feel. A kitchen that just feels right when you look at it and invokes a space of gathering, great conversation, and an invitation to make something yummy to eat or have a warm beverage in hand. The cabinets create a soothing foundation and the hardware and light fixtures are the jewels of the kitchen. The barstools and breakfast nook provide comfort for people to sit leisurely and comfortably.

TIA (Thanks in advance)!

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