I would like to gut and put in new cupboards, appliances, counters, back splashes. I do not have to keep initial blueprint. I like having an island to eat at but currently it is a tight space. For example, I cannot open the dishwasher if someone is sitting at the island. I would like to have a nice flow and warm kitchen. I do not want to go with a contemporary/modern look and feel.
Design Considerations I like to design and decorate functionally. We have 2 big hairy dogs so there is always dust and dander. I want to keep it easy to clean. The counter tops need to be functional as well. I want to be able to put hot pans on them and be sure they are easy to maintain and clean. I am considering a gas stove. No wine fridge in the kitchen. I also am a "clean" person meaning I do not like clutter on the counter tops. I like to have everything put "away" in a place (as much as possible). There is also an "office" area in the "hall" between the great room and the kitchen that matches the kitchen. This would be part of the design as well. I would love a way to organize all of the electronics and have some cord management.
Again, having a functional easy to clean kitchen.