Although it might be difficult see, we added close to 5 feet of width to the kitchen. Clearly this was a lot of space to work with and we took advantage of that. We completely re-worked the placement of the appliances and made the space and efficiency of the kitchen vastly improve.
The kitchen has always been the heart of the home. Over the years though, the kitchen seems to have also become a popular place to do more than cook. While our best intentions are to have guests in other parts of the home, they always mysteriously gravitate back towards the kitchen.