We cook a lot, and we like to hang out in the kitchen as a family. We want our new kitchen to be functional, set up for heavy, frequent use and to have eat-in options (bar stools at the island, possibly a breakfast nook). Here’s the full wish-list we gave to the architect…
- Kitchen open to dining and living spaces, though defined as a space in itself. Want to be able to work on dinner and have a conversation with someone in living room.
- Nook in transition from kitchen, natural morning light
- Access to both outdoor space in back (grilling, entertaining) and entry for front porch, bringing groceries in, etc.
- Large island mainly used for prep. Large butcher block incorporated for chopping. Main sink not in island. Consider prep sink. Range not in island. Lots of storage in island.
- Some oversize drawers
- Some overhead cabinetry but want most storage accessible by a short person. Can have some full-height cabinetry for occasional use items.
- Window over sink (north or east)
- Oversize gas range with hood
- Masonry pizza oven / fireplace / woodstove shared with dining room or living room? Perhaps just visible from kitchen (this is not a must)
- Traditional/modern shaker cupboards, consider wood and paint mix. Same style as cabinetry and built-ins throughout house.
- Lots of natural light, bright kitchen and dining area. Consider window light from all directions.
- Large pantry / butler’s pantry intended for storing larger kitchen implements, coffee maker to keep kitchen clean and smaller. Storage of some bulk food items and of course typical pantry items, etc.
- Simple, proven materials that are focused on function and ease–subway tile backsplash, countertops that don’t stain and are not made of rare marble or something excessive
- Dining room should be close enough to use kitchen countertops as buffet for large gatherings
- Dining room will have large farmhouse table in it
Up next, the living/family room!