Shortly after the purchase of our home late last year, my boyfriend and I dove head first into making this house our home. Though the house screamed "built in the 70's" we've managed to create the beginnings of what we hope to be a more comfortable, modern, and open design.
We’ve now encountered the “piece de resistance”: the kitchen. In its current (original) state, the kitchen is small and lacks functionality. It’s a far cry from the chef’s kitchen that we’d love. It will be completely gutted and rebuilt. The dropped ceiling will be removed and vaulted to match the rest of the house. The wall separating the kitchen from the dining area/sitting area (shown in photo) will be removed. This will leave us with approximately 15.5’x10’ to work with.
Our dilemma lies in finding a layout that has functionality as well as style. We’d like a something that will flow with the rest of our open floor plan. I’d categorize our style as somewhere between mid-century modern, polished casual, and/or transitional. I’m torn between a one wall kitchen with a large island (9-feet), an L-shaped kitchen with a smaller island, or a U-shaped kitchen (no island). We’ve gone back and forth with this decision for months now and just can’t decide on the best fit for the space. Obviously there are many factors to consider including appliances, work areas, storage (number of cabinets), natural lighting (keep window or use wall for more storage?). We are also torn between using tiles in the kitchen or continuing our Brazillian Tigerwood flooring throughout. We’d love to opinions on all of the above. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
One wall kitchen with large island? Possible layout shown.