Well our house is a 1950's rambler with a decent size kitchen except if you put a table in it then it becomes tiny.
Our goals on the project:
Gain working counter top space as the existing wall cabinets are low
Gain cabinet space
Add knobs/handles to existing doors.
Add seating in the kitchen
Add a dishwasher
Add a built in microwave/or microwave shelf
Add more outlets in various locations
Upgrade vinyl peel and stick tile to ceramic or stone tile (over time due to budget)
Upgrade appliances (as part of the project 1/2 will be newer the rest will come in time)
Keep unique 50's slanted cabinets, (original cabinets given a face lift by replacing sliders with doors and adding a fresh counter top last fall by previous owner)
As you can see below I taped out where the island/peninsula will go with blue tape. The big debate the wife and I are having is if we should go with an 18" dishwasher and remove the cabinet to the left of the sink and the fridge or if we add a 24" dishwasher to the peninsula and leave the original alone, neither one of us can decide.
The peninsula will be 36" from the face of the fridge to the face of peninsula. it is going to be 24" deep 48" from the wall (maybe 42 if we don't like the size). with a 10" over hang on the front and two stools. For reference the tiles are 12X12. It will sit slightly (1/2") above the window ledge, but I will be making a board to fill/or transition the gap. It will be standard counter top height (37" or whatever it is). I have found the matching laminate for the counter top, and will be buying the bases at big box hardware store and staining them myself.
Any thoughts of where to put dishwasher and size. Any thoughts of how to install without ruining the original cabinets. As apart of the project we will be reworking the open space above the stove for a built in microwave or lower part of the existing shelf to fit one there with either a spot for cook books or a built in wine rack. I am also considering sliding the oven over (to the left) to put in a 9" cabinet to fill the gap and hide the slanted cabinets from a new cabinet.
Any input would be helpful.