Your kitchen has had its challenges, as I’m sure you know. The option to open up the wall between the kitchen and dining space as well as change the windows allowed me to create an open entertaining space. Keeping the walk through traffic clear was also a concern. In initially beginning your design I flipped a few ideas around. Opening the wall partially and keeping the L shape lay out plus and adding an Island. Seemed very similar to your existing lay out, except for placing the refrigerator on the outside wall. Your floor space in either the dining room or family room space would stay the same. No real advantage to the cost of the remodel. So I pursued the large single center Island lay out. Changing the independent table and chairs to a banquet shifts everything towards the front of the house. Shifting space into the family area room for seating.
The Buffet area is multi-functional, a coffee center, bar, appliance storage, linen storage, dish and glass ware display and storage, pantry storage. It transitions nicely from the more formal living space into the family area of the home. Depending on the finish’s you select it can be as casual and laid back as Black paint with a wear through finish and butcher block counter tops. Or more classic with crisp white paint and stained dark cherry counters.
A large center island takes center stage of the space. The sink, dishwasher and microwave are placed here. A pull out trash receptacle and a set of 4 drawers make this space function smoothly. The back and ends of the island have shallow depth (12”) cabinetry. Great for boxed items, (cereal, pastas etc. ) dishes and cook books. The back of the Island has room for three stools. Please keep in mind they must be stools that tuck under the counter overhang allowing for easy passage behind the island. The Bi fold doors have been replaced with “Barn “style sliders. I like the idea of them being chalkboard paint with a wide outer frame.
The Range moves down the wall slightly to allow for the refrigerator to the left. I did change the hood to a traditional wood style with this design. ( A more contemporary version could have your existing stainless hood with a full overlay cabinet box and smooth veneer doors. ) The wall cabinets are stacked with the mullion glass door at the top. Depending on the cabinet company this could be one cabinet with two doors. Or two independent cabinet box's. The cabinet over the refrigerator is base depth, for large items. ( ( stock pots and serving baskets store will here ) . The pantry on the end has 5 roll out trays for easy access to items.
The Banquet has a cozy feel. Additional windows keep it bright. There are even storage drawers under the seating. This area holds its own as a secondary focal point. The table in my drawing is 60” round. It could be a small diameter with leaf sections to add for additional seating.
The spaces flow nicely between each other, but each with its distinctive character.