I really had fun with your project. The removal of the Interior partitions opens up the kitchen space tremendously. Changing the ceiling to a cathedral with the sky lights would enhance it further. Since you’ve asked for a wide range designs I’ve shown you plans with 8 foot ceilings. The cost of removal of the existing flat roof and creating a cathedral with sky lights can be done with any of the designs I’ve shown. You need to decide where your budget priorities are.
The first design in my presentation is a full blown remodel. It moves the main kitchen towards the back of your home. The dining space is placed in between the new kitchen and the family room. Changing the outside access to the side of your home improves the traffic flow to the living area. A new banquet seating space looks out on the new porch area, proving a nice flow for entertaining. The windows have been changes to create a focal point from the dining area providing the additional light you requested. The Dishwasher and Refrigerator have matching wood front panels to blend in with the cabinetry and create a lighter open feel. The second focal point is the wood hood and wood turnings at the cook top area. This plan does not have the washer / dry closet. However it could be done by changing the Cook top to a Range. Then the Washer Dryer closet could go to the right of the Refrigerator. This would require relocation of plumbing and electric. The existing storage garage ceiling would need to be insulated. The back stairs would need to be removed, and a new deck and star way constructed at the side of your home. In addition if you reconfigure the roof for the cathedral ceiling. ( To make it match, this may entail a complete roof project if the existing materials are even a few years old )
The second design keeps the kitchen in the existing location. The sink remains at the existing windows, and the range is on the same wall. The partition walls are removed, giving a larger space for the dining table. The existing door and stairs up to it remain. A small washer / dryer closet has been added to the sink wall for convenient access to the existing waste and water supply lines. The space below this would need to be insulated to keep it from freezing just like the previous plan. The old cabinet storage wall would be updated with fresh cabinets with roll outs and full extension drawers. Depending on your budget the windows could stay as they are, or be re configured to 3 taller windows to provide more light. There is also a built in boot bench to catch the jackets and bags and backpacks as you come in.
The third plan is very much the second plan, but opens up the back of the house to a new deck providing outside entertaining space.
The material choices range also, the photos you submitted are fairly formal white Cabinets and Carrara Marble with lots of molding interest. The earthy stone fireplace lets me know it’s not a stuffy show place that you’re looking for. The cabinet choice I'm suggesting is white painted cabinets with an accent finish for the larger kitchen version. A stone grey paint would work well for an accent. The main counters in a light stone or quartz. I like the new quartz finish’s in the Carrara marble a looks. I've broken the back splash up using some stone / quartz and tiles to keep it light. The larger kitchen has a banquet space with storage drawers under the seating. This would be in the dark grey paint with wood for the top. ( A wood grain laminate would work too and be and bit more child proof ) Cushions would add a bit of soft texture. ( Pillow case them for easy cleaning ) The Lighting can be unique but would complement each space, ( The Banquette and Island). The new exposed filament cluster light fixtures would work, and so would rustic iron. The removal of those partition walls will create voids in the flooring and so it will need to be removed or covered over. Wood would need to blend in with the existing dark plank that’s in the rest of the first floor. I’m suggesting a slate tile to pull the earthy feel of the fireplace in to the new space. The texture will warm up the formal white cabinets, not to mention hide spills a bit better than dark wood.
Thanks for the challenge.
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