I’m almost embarrassed to say how many plans I submitted, just because I’m a bit obsessive (ok, a lot of plans-quite a bit more than are shown) but the point is, Jaden considered many different configurations. What enthusiasm and super clear needs and desires she expressed! Jaden KNOWS how she needs her kitchen to function!
I also think it’s interesting to see how many of you would want a big sink. That goes right along with what I’m seeing in the kitchen design landscape as well. It may not appear so, but Jaden has room for a 32″ wide sink if she so desires. Often, in an open floorplan, a large sink can also serve to sort of quickly conceal dirty dishes, etc. placed in the sink from the countertop.
Every kitchen, even the largest kitchens, have their pros and cons, there is no getting away from that! This is a very collaborative process, a productive give and take, and brings along a big dose of fun too! Much more to come…]]>
With young children in the house you want to emphasize safety as well as efficiency. I would put the refrigerator more out of the cooking zone, probably along the wall with the square cabinets. I would move the square cabinets to the back wall. On this refrigerator wall I would have the main sink, dishwasher and microwave, for easier and safer access by children using the breakfast table and unloading the dishwasher. The dishes and glasses could be stored here. This is now a prep area and the cleaning zone, and close to the kitchen table. People getting a drink do not have to walk through the cooking area.
I would lengthen the island and narrow it, putting the cooktop on the same side of the island as the sink. The sink could become a prep sink. This is the cooking and primary prep area. Now you don’t have to walk around a corner to get from the sink to the cooktop or vice versa. There is more counter space next to the cooktop for bowls full of chopped veggies, meats, etc. There is now a place for hot items from the ovens.
The ovens would be placed on the wall opposite the sink, where there currently is nothing, with additional counterspace, to create another prep area or baking area. This also removes the ovens from proximity to the refrigerator, which means the refrigerator won’t be subject to all the heat generated by the ovens.
The square cabinets could still go on the back wall – this is a storage zone.
The island, somewhat lengthened and narrowed, could seat people on either end with an overhang or a section that creates a “table” of whatever height you wish. You could put shallow storage on the back of the island facing the sink if you desired. or it could, with an overhang, be the seating area for guests or a place for a helper.
I strongly encourage a large single-basin sink, as others have, and also recommend that any lower cabinets be outfitted with pull-outs or drawers. Makes life so much easier and more pleasant.
As Tom said, trust in your designer. But make sure you and she understand how you cook and what is truly functional for you. Function is key, because if the kitchen doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t matter how pretty it looks. Form follows function.]]>
I would move the cooktop to one side and have a place to put the oevn contents without injury or bothering someone else who may be using the cooktop.]]>
We also renovated our kitchen 3 months ago. We don’t have as much flexibility as you do. We live in pigeon holes in Singapore. LOL
Induction is a good idea! We had that too, mum who is visiting got used to it! Since we are a Chinese family and occasionally we want that ‘wok hei’ taste in the food, we had a 6KW single gas burner installed beside the induction unit!
Wishing good health to your little boy!]]>