a) we want to be sure that there's lots of passing space around the island if we have one, so we prefer a minimum clearance of 48"; given that, we're guessing there just isn't room for an islandOof. I got a really bad headache for a few hours today. I blame my future kitchen.
b) we're fine with not having an island, as long as we have a peninsula instead
c) we want to make sure that we have certain minimums for kitchen storage (not pantry items)
- 9 feet of lower cabinetry (some of it near sink, for trash/recycling/compost and a separate 3+ foot run next to the range for pots and pans )
- 8 feet of upper cabinetry / shelving
- ideally some open wall space near the range to hang 3-4 pots we use most (if not possible, not a big deal)
d) as for counter space:
- at least one run of 3 feet near the range for food prep
- at least 24" on one side of the sink and at least 18" on the other side
- at least 18" next to opening door of refrigerator (it's a side-by-side, yes? so ideally on both sides)
- we're thinking perhaps deeper counters than normal to leave more usable space in front of the lower cabinets (assuming we don't have an island)
e) we'd like the eating area to be able to seat four; no need for more than that -- and as long as it seats three regularly and a fourth can comfortably pull up a chair occasionally, that's fine
f) if we do the peninsula / table / banquette plan, we'd like enough room to stand on the far side of the peninsula, so a friend could walk over and help chop from that side; not sure how much room that needs -- 3' clearance, plus whatever room the banquette and table need?
g) we're okay with adding about 4' going further east if that helps -- all the plans we came up with seemed to require an additional 4' eastward
h) in theory, we're okay with blowing out the wall between family room and kitchen if you have to in order to get an island and sufficient countertop / cabinet space -- but we don't know if it's a support wall, and we'd need to add cabinet requirements to the above to make up for the two sections of lost 12" deep pantry space
i) it'd be sort of nice to have the sink facing a window or the half-wall or the family room, but it's not a priority for us
j) we'd rather not have the range in either the peninsula or the island, because it's a hazard with small children. So it'd be good to have it facing a wall.
k) I really hate stools, I think because I'm so short and I resent my feet not reaching the floor or something. I don't know. So I'd prefer a kitchen design that didn't utilize stools.
l) we've been fretting about the pantry door being so far away from the mudroom entrance (and not accessible from the kitchen directly), but as Dave pointed out on the phone, a lot of our pantry storage will be in those 12" shelves in the south wall, so maybe that's not an issue?
m) we'd like open shelving for everyday plates and glasses (near the sink/dishwasher; can be on the south wall)
n) we'd also like open shelving for about a dozen large spice jars (ideally near the range prep area, but that's not as important; can also be on the south wall)
o) we don't want to hang pots over the island, because I feel that it makes the kitchen look too cluttered and messes with sight lines
p) but hanging 4-5 frequently used pots on a wall near the range would be nice, though.