I posted on homeone too. Just looking for some suggestions. I would like more bench space for appliances. just thinking that the current space doesn’t utilise the area well enough.
I think that the pantry area is definitely the place for someone who likes to leave all their appliances out. Lots of power points, gather them in one area, add a window (light and ventilatio), add an exhaust, keep one end cooler/darker for food storage, one end for appliance. Not only do appliances hog up bench space, but will look terrible left out, all over your new kitchen. An alternative is an appliance cupboard where they can remain useable and plugged in, but behind closed doors- this would entail a layout change. I like the island to be clear - great for working on and serving from, gathering around, eating at, whatever....with sink (dirty dishes!water splashes!) and cook top (safety!space!grease!steam!exhaust!) on a back/side bench out of the way.
My suggestion is to turn the island and install bench and cupboards along the pantry wall.Maybe, with this arrangement, swap cooktop nearer to pantry, and fridge closer to entertaining/dining area.
Kitchen Layout Advice - New Build
Looking for any ideas/suggestions for kitchen area layout
Open plan kitchen living layout help
Something like this.
Thanks, I wondered if installing a cooktop along the wall where the pantry might impact the space inside the WIP (Gas pipes)?
My suggestion keeps the cooktop on the side wall. Not the pantry wall.
I didn’t read your comment carefully! My bad.
this kitchen I have done for someone else
keep the floor space within the kitchen I have shown glass sliding doors so you can visually see what is possible. You could use bi fold doors that pull back from the R/H side so that you can open the WIP as wide as you want to. (siriuskey)
Cool. Definitely food for thought.
works better with the single kitchen sink and the oven included sorry about that.(siriuskey)
I was also thinking of relocating the fridge too. I do like the idea of a butler’s pantry but not keen on a sink inside although would be nice to have a bar fridge or chest freezer. I’m unsure if I want to use the pantry as bench space for appliances because I plan to use rice cookers, slow cookers, air fryer etc and I read that the heat isn’t good for food storage (pantry should cool area?) I don‘t like to put appliances and pack it away...prefer to just leave on bench.
What was your plan for the large space between bench and windows?
Can u post a full floor plan of that end of house
Below dining is living area.
No plan between bench and windows which means it’s not a good use of space at the moment. The windows are full length.
That's why I have turned the island bench in my design.It then uses the pantry wall and there is no unused areas. You can still have the floor to ceiling windows.
You have four metres of possible bench space in the pantry. With sufficient power points it would be ideal for appliances. Add an exhaust fan or even pull out ranghoods for ventilation.
I would include space inside pantry for a second fridge or freezer. Run another row of cabinets along pantry wall either inside or outside pantry. Increase island depth to 1.0 m.
That sounds great and aligned to what I’m thinking too. Will ask for quote from builder how much it adds up.
Think carefully about where you put the fridge - the location dictates stray foot traffic through the meal prep area. I have my fridge/freezer, wine fridge and kettle tap, along with mug and glass storage all at one end nearest the sliding windows and deck so they’re easily accessed by everyone else without getting in the way of the cook. Also putting the island sideways means you’re not sitting at it with your back to the outside social space, and the bench top along the wall is lit by daylight from the side, if you only have bench along the back wall you’ll be working in your own shadow
Yes that is true.
I strongly advocate for a 2nd sink in the panty. My next kitchen I'm having a smaller kitchen sink and a bigger sink in the pantry (to take large baking trays easily) - all the dirty washing up can get piled up in there out of sight and out of the way of meal prep until you've time to do it.