Your Kitchen Layout

Deepti Tayal

Option One

Pro's 

  • very open feeling space

  • three seats at breakfast bar 

  • doors all very accessible for entertain outside 

  • Lots of seating in the open plan area 

  • large feature book case filling the back wall

  • hob area connects well to all other spaces 

  • TV visible from all areas 

  • Living room cosy area - space for piano if required 

Con's 

  • Laundry area is in kitchen 

  • no division wall requested 

  • corridor effect created through the living room space

  • limited units in the kitchen (could add a few wall cupboards)

  • Dining isn't near the back doors for access when entertaining

Option Two

Pro's 

  • Half wall created in kitchen - as per designs forwarded

  • :Large seating area with access outside for entertaining

  • doors all very accessible for entertain outside 

  • Good access the the WC from all areas

  • Possible places for piano within the space

  • Spaces are well zoned (lighting will add to this)

  • Extendable table has plenty of room

  • Living room cosy area with lots of seating and TV area

Con's 

  • No large bookcase area and limited storage in open plan area 

  • No breakfast bar seating is possible  

  • corridor effect created through to side of living room space

  • limited units in the kitchen (could add a few wall cupboards)

  • Dining isn't near the back doors for access when entertaining

Option Three

Pro's 

  • Half wall created in kitchen - as per designs forwarded

  • Large seating area with access outside for entertaining

  • Large doors create feeling of unity between living and dining spaces

  • Light great in all areas

  • Possible places for piano within the space

  • Spaces are well zoned (lighting will add to this)

  • Could leave entry corner open for more light if required

  • Living room more formal area with seating, storage and TV area

  • Large bookcase wall in the living space - could be shoes or piano?

Con's 

  • Need to go through the living room to access space (use back door?)

  • No breakfast bar seating due to half wall 

  • limited units in the kitchen (could add a few wall cupboards)

  • Dining isn't near the back doors for access when entertaining

Option Four

Pro's 

  • Kitchen takes advantage of light for cooking and prepping

  • Cost saved on double doors 

  • Plenty of space for extending table with good access throughout

  • Great feature island with three seats and half wall 

  • Possible places for piano within the space

  • Spaces are well zoned (lighting will add to this)

  • Great storage throughout and plenty of seating in both areas

  • Plenty of light into both areas and large Velux to help with this

  • Large bookcase wall in the open plan space and reading area

Con's 

  • Need to go through the living room to access space (use back door?)

  • Smaller door isn't as grander entrance to the open plan area

  • Slightly less light due to the loss of a set of doors to windows

  • Cupboard space is limited but all appliances accounted for

Option Five - Prefered! 

Pro's 

  • Addition of a utility room that adds a wall but not full height so doesn't compromise the lighting of the space of living room area

  • Plenty of space for extending table with good access throughout

  • Three seats at the island and no need for halfway as utility zones

  • Possible places for piano within the space

  • Spaces are well zoned (lighting will add to this)

  • Great storage throughout - especially kitchen! 

  • Plenty of light into both areas and large Velux to help with this

  • Cosy separate living room space with plenty of eating options

Con's 

  • No large bookcase area - could build into alcove if piano not there

  • Smaller door isn't as grander entrance to the open plan area

  • Smaller seating area in the open plan space due to the larger kitchen

  • If using front door - walk from car to fridge is furthest with shopping

This is my preferred option because I think the utility is a great feature to have giving you the additional storage for the kitchen and keeping the noise of the washing machine as secluded as possible. It also creates another wall with in the space so more storage and helping soften the acoustics. Keeping it lower than a full wall height we can include the light into the living room and keep full light from the Velux. It has great access to the WC and the back doors from the dining table which is a must when entertaining. It includes the breakfast bar seating which is again invaluable space and will be vital if thinking of resale. The separate living space is also a good space although I would go for the layout of this in option two - this is dependent on the furniture you choose when sourcing. Views are all maximised from doors and windows.