How big is the L? What has to fit in? Is the glass moveable (or some of it?) How big is the kitchen section?
If you imagine the L as 3 squares, we have sitting area in 1 square (the one that has the log burner), kitchen in the back square, dining area in the other end of the L. Dining area opens up on two sides (sitting area only on one) so that it feels more like eating outside on a summers day without having to have a separate dining table outdoors. It's also more convenient to walk that way to the dining table because of the orientation of the kitchen island.
Many thanks Whisper - yes like that and flipped the other way -- but where the sink is in the picture and the rhs wall of the dining space - this would be floor to ceiling glass - all opening... ... it is not built yet!
The the base of the L - ie existing house space is 30ftx30ft ... have not decided how big the arm/vertical of the L should be -- that would depend on what we put in it...
I am thinking that the logical position for the kitchen is in the middle of the L? with seating to one side and dining to the other? - but which one goes where?
If this is your only downstairs living space then think about kitchen noise and smell as well, especially if you don't have a separate utility room. We have a similar layout and have kitchen in the short end of the L (kind of round the corner), dining area in the middle and living/ seating area at the top of the L. It works quite well for us as it means you can sit and watch telly/ chat in the living area without being drowned out by the extractor fan. Also if you have small DC it is good to have the kitchen tucked away a bit so they are less likely to career into the oven whilst running around.
Pootlebug...that is a lovely idea that the table feels like out doors - as i do hate patio furniture cluttering the view and access directly outside the kitchen...so would that suggest I put the dining in the st facing arm of the L.
Procrastinating - yep there will be a separate utility, formal lounge and then TV snug/family room - as with 4 kids I need to lock the noise away and detest TV in the kitchen open plan area.
Also think about kitchen extractor and how far it is to outside wall etc. Ours is on an island, but with a powerful external motor (external so that it is powerful enough to extract efficiently, but quiet in an open-plan living space).
if you are south facing with lots of glass, it might be worth thinking about blinds or something? ours are inside the glass of the sliding doors (between the two layers of glazing) so that we can keep the sun out if needed