The windows, placed on either side of the range and hood fan, made things quite tricky. The height of them, the size of them, and that there were two of them really restricted us as to where their kitchen items could be put.
For example, she couldn't put the range two feet from the sink because there was a window there, and we wouldn't have been able to do the hood. So, that kind of put a kink in our original plan, which was to try to make the work area a bit more functional. There was no chance of putting stuff where it really should go.
Even though they were a feature that complicated the design process considerably, the windows had to stay.
Ultimately, it was important to all of us—client included—to maintain the integrity and design intent. Since it’s an older brick house, moving the windows would have been a really big deal. There are only 30 inches between the two of them, so we didn’t have enough room to do a pantry cabinet or a wall cabinet. In fact, because of the spacing issues, we couldn’t utilize any of the space to the left of the cooktop at all.
Additionally, because of the table/island, we couldn’t utilize any of the space to the left of the range for anything beyond storage. We couldn’t move the cooktop, because if we did, we would have had to get rid of the table to make it accessible. The width of the kitchen would not allow us to do anything else. There is nowhere else to put a table, and they don't often use their dining room, so the table had to stay.