Once again, I love your ideas here. We both agree that you've hit the nail on the head with the flooring, laundry, the pantry and the new position of the fridge.
One final discussion that I would love your input on. What if we were to
- Add the dishwasher where you have currently added the oven and stove top ( we are desperate for a dishwasher!)
- Knock out the wall in the middle of the kitchen (Picture attached - it is not load-bearing) and put a wider island in (60cm out from where the current "island" bench top sits) that serves as an element/oven (or dishwasher and keep element/oven where currently is in your plan) and prep-bench and place for people to sit with bar stools out the other side
- Keep range top where it is and let that be the sole item hanging from ceiling (or move 60cm out, closer to lounge, to accommodate newly positioned island - which would mean we can keep current wiring as is and just make a new hole in ceiling closer to current position)
Drawing of adjustments below
What are your thoughts?
It can work, however there are a few things in this layout that have few issues.
Dishwasher : It can go to the other side where the oven/cook top use to be. However by moving it to this location you will need to extend the inlet hose or possibly have more plumbing added to accommodate the distance from the source of water. You will need to extend the outlet hose to accommodate for the extra distance. It is now 1 1/2 steps away from the cutlery and dish drawer.
Oven/cook top : Every time you fry something it will splash to the other side of the bench top. No one can sit in front of the cook top while you are cooking as it becomes a safety hazard. Children cannot be allowed to sit close to this appliance while it is active or if the cook top glass is still hot. It is for all intents and purposes not ideal. However, it looks great!
If we were to move the cook top to my original suggestion the electrician would not have such a hard time wiring it up as the fridge power point is already on that wall. It all depends on the type of cook top you get, an induction cook top will need its own dedicated wire and fuse. So moving the power cable is not a great expense. Moving the ducting from where it is now? Not a problem, the floor distance is roughly 3 1/2 meters, by adding 3 meters of ducting you can link up with the original exhaust outlet from the new position. It may be even less depending on the conditions in your ceiling. Because of space limitations we can longer put the center table in the center of the remaining area. Whenever I design a kitchen I like to keep in mind the running cost of moving things around. The dishwasher for example can be hooked up with the default hoses and tap that come with it. There will be no need for any extended fittings.
Your oven/cook top though moved is in a much safer place and has a better working space than the original position. The power point is already there and just needs to be modified by the electrician.
The center table can become mobile, you can add castor wheels to the island and just swing it into place should the need arise ( see last drawing at bottom ) so you still get that island look you were going for. However you decide, please make sure to ask not just Bunnings but friends and family. It's always hand y to have second opinions. But the final decision is yours. Good luck, stay safe!
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