If you had the option to have a big kitchen with lots of storage and even a recycling area with 3 pullout compartment under-cabinets (this only exists in my head at the moment) and a large farm table delineating the kitchen from the living room
A medium/smallish kitchen with a separate dining nook a la the below images,
Which one would you choose?
Exhibit A: This is the view of the kitchen looking from the living room. Those walls will come down
Exhibit B: We could use this white beam structure to delineate the kitchen (on the left) and the dining nook (on the right)
Kitchen Side: The cabinets/appliances would start from the left and make an L-Shape around the corner to the right
Dining Nook Side: I envision built in L-shaped upholstered seating along these 2 walls and a table
Kind of like this
But a bit more cozy and styled, like this:
My main concern is not having enough room for the large farm table and living room furniture. Keep in mind we are having a kid soon so I assume we need a lot of space for "things". Does that mean kitchen cabinet space or floor space? Do these questions make you scared for my child?
We are meeting with the cabinet people today so should get a better idea of budget and layout. I'd love your ideas. Please comment away.....thanks!