My wife and I are currently in the very early stages of planning out a new build home with a builder in our area. The initial plan has a "g-shaped" kitchen that is more closed off than we'd like. The space available for the kitchen is good-sized, approximately 16'8" x 14, and, with a few small modifications could be as large as 16'8" x 15'7". I've attached an image and wanted to get some thoughts:
1. Is a 48" wide fridge too large for this space? We have 3 kids with unique dietary needs (two Celiac's) and are really looking at this house as our "end-house". And, I've never heard someone utter the phrase, "this fridge is just too big for our needs."
2. I do a lot of cooking and my wife does a lot of baking. We're looking at a 48" wide range. The same thinking on the fridge would apply to the dual fuel range. Is this just a bit too big for the space? I like the idea of a mantle space above the range (custom hood), similar to some of the kitchens designed by Christopher Peacock.
3. It's a fairly open space that serves to connect a great room, a back mudroom/laundry/pantry area, a butler's pantry and dining room, and a breakfast nook with a sliding glass door out to the back patio. I'm fearful that the island (spec'd to 4'x8' in my attached drawing) is in the way of the traffic plan. But, I also want to be able to have the 3 kids sit at the island for lunch, meals, etc...
4. We'd also like to use this space for entertaining. Is it too small?
5. The transition to the family room is still challenging me. I like the idea of an arch that transoms the opening. It's symmetrical to the island and there is a fireplace in the family room along this same axis of symmetry. But, I'm still unsure about having the 2-sided book cases break up the flow of traffic. Any thoughts here are greatly appreciated.
6. In one of my early plans, I had the range where the sink is currently located. This made for a nice cooking center that incorporated the use of the island. We c