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February 2, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Need ideas on how to arrange kitchen to maximize space. We will begin construction this summer. The Utility Room next to kitchen is going to become Kitchen Pantry so will need door access from kitchen, existing pantry will be eliminated. We also need room for a 64' wide refrig/freezer combo. I'm open to removing walls and making it an open kitchen with countertop bar. Would you leave island in the middle making it look as if there were 2 islands? Any ideas in how to arrange would be great!
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Main Line Kitchen Design
I think this is way too complicated to entertain in this forum. You are planning on spending a great deal of money on cabinetry, appliances, countertops etc. Start interviewing kitchen designers and find one to work on the design as soon as possible and before construction begins and changes are more difficult and more expensive.

By the way, going through the bathroom to get to the walk in closet isn't my favorite idea. The door could easily be in the master bedroom. The desk area going into the one bedroom and the Jack and Jill bath could be improved too. Over all, the floor plan is very creative, but not vey well thought out. The kitchen designer / interior designer, if they are good, may also have some ideas how to take the architects creative ideas and make them more functional for the spaces involved.

Don't short change yourself. A well thought out home will seem much larger than the space and be far easier to furnish. Presently your floor plan has a high proportion of travel or "traffic" space.

Traffic space is the space in a home that needs to be dedicated to walking. Area's you have to be able to walk through to get to doorways closets etc. A well designed home has a lower percentage of traffic space because travel is funneled into common areas that share the same traffic space. This leaves more space to live in. For instance the way all three doors in your master bedroom are all near each other keeps the rest of the room free to live in and focuses the travel space. This is a good design. That's why I like putting the door to the walk in closet here. It is already travel space. Close the door to the closet in the bathroom and the master bath will be far nicer and have more countertop and storage. You could even add a linen cabinet in one corner.

Just some thoughts. Someone professional really needs to work with you on these types of ideas.

Best of luck,

February 2, 2013 at 8:51AM     
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Can I ask where you found these great blueprints?
February 2, 2013 at 9:35AM   
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Thanks main line kitchen design, we have made a lot of improvements to the house plans already ie moving doors, windows and the desk going into the bedroom has been eliminated and the closet has been reconfigured in that room also to make room for built in bookshelves in the living room. Our main concern at this point was how to lay out the kitchen, we have several ideas was just looking for some imput on here as to what others think about the kitchen design.

Janellk the home can be found on house.com com its plan 120-172
February 2, 2013 at 4:02PM   
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Hrivnak Associates, Ltd.
Agree with Paul. Observation from an Architect's perspective; kitchen is land-locked and does not benefit from a direct view or connection to the outside. Perimeter walls require costly foundation and roofing geometries. Hire an architect to clean it up and the savings in doing so will more than pay for their time. You may need to re-visit that entire corner of the house. You only get one shot at this. Trying to help you avoid the Ready! Fire! (have to build it now) Aim! approach. Get some professional advice from an architect and a kitchen specialist - involve your interior designer. They'll take your thoughts and turn them into your dream home.
February 2, 2013 at 4:22PM   
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Jay Van Daley
Make the exercise room the walk in closet, and open up the walk in closet toward the kitchen creating more space to work with. Eliminate the wall between the utility and the pantry and you have your door from the kitchen to the pantry already.
February 2, 2013 at 4:24PM   
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The plan is to make the exercise room the laundry room and the utility room to become the pantry.
February 2, 2013 at 5:48PM   
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Unless we're designing low end condos or starter towns, two rooms we always locate their doors off a neutral space: Powder rooms and bedrooms, ESPECIALLY the master bedroom. And don't buy the suggestion that that little 15" recess off the nook makes it "neutral". It doesn't.
February 3, 2013 at 3:59AM   
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