We are looking to redesign a Kitchen. The Kitchen hasn't had any work to it in over 20 years so we are looking to update it. My wife loves to cook so we need counter space, storage (the addition of a pantry maybe) and want to make sure it is very functional. The space is 130" by 163" (assuming my measurements are good). There is an adjacent dining room and a den that is one step lower than the kitchen and dining room. We were also thinking about possibly opening up the wall adjacent to the dining room to create more of a flow between the kitchen and dining room.
When thinking of designs be aware that the den and living room are a step lower than the dining room and kitchen. So if your design included opening up a wall into those areas be aware that there is a step difference between those rooms. The dining room and kitchen are on the same level.
The most important aspects in our decision making process will be functionality and affordability.