This floor plan is our starting point. We are fairly satisfied with the basic layout, but there are a few problem areas that we would like to address.
Some background info:
The house is 2250 sqft. The ceilings are 12ft in the kitchen, dining area, and living room. Elsewhere, ceilings are 9ft. Currently, all ceilings are flat and formed by the bottom cords of roof trusses. The windows (and glass panel doors) in the dining area and living room make these "walls of windows". The walls between the BR/kitchen, living/bedroom, and MBR/Bath are bearing walls. All other walls could be moved. Each grid block on the floor plan is 1ft square.
Some of the questions we are struggling with are:
Are there any good alternatives to the wall between the kitchen and living room? If that wall were shortened to open up the kitchen to the living area a bit more, then the framed opening between the kitchen and dining area would need to be reworked somehow...
Is a 12ft ceiling too high for a kitchen (especially one this size)?
How to make the ceiling height transition between the hallway and living room?
Any other comments on the plan?
I've been reading a lot of good ideas here, and am looking forward to feedback on our plan.