We are interested in expanding our current kitchen into the existing dining room and relocating the current dining room into the formal living room. This will involve taking out at least one weight-bearing wall to open up the kitchen for better functionality and light. There is also a second wal that can potentially be removed to open up the space even further. We also want to expand a room off of our garage to make it into a lage walk-in pantry.
I want lots of counter space around my cooking area, a very large cabinet/hutch for appliances/coffee maker etc. I
also want a Butler's Pantry near the new dining room and a window seat under the new ba window (currently a door into the dining room) - door is being replaced with a one large and 2 side windows in a bay configuration. I
would like an eating area by the window seat, but not a banquette, but more of table/chairs pulled up to the window seat. I want a 5-6 burner rangetop or cooktop and have already selected a 36" all refrigerator. We have 2 freezers in garage, so do not need a freezer in the kitchen (I will put upright freezer in new pantry area).
I prefer granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and light cabinetry (not white, though).
We are looking for a very creative design, as the space is rather unusual in shape/size. We want the two rooms/areas to feel cohesive, not like they are two separate rooms. We entertain large groups of family/friends, so space planning is key and easy access/movement around the kitchen is vital. My family eats around our current bar frequently, so I would like at least one bar in the space, but do not want to have to continuously walk around a large island, as I have to do in the current layout of the kitchen. I have used some design software to draw a layout of our current floor plan to assist in designing a new arrangement. At this point, we are open to the possibility of moving both the wall that the refrigerator is on and also the one with the range/double ovens. The wall with the refrigerator is definitely weight-bearing, but we are not sure about the range/oven wall. Our house has 4 levels, two of which are above the kitchen, so there will be significant weight involved.