So I did up some basic plans in Google SketchUp for the kitchen. You will see I am hardly proficient in this programme, but it helped me get a general idea what different adjustments to the layout would look like in 3-D. So the above is a photo of the kitchen as we left it, and below is the same wall from a different perspective.
We made the tough decision to close up the back door and move it into the dining room. We didn't want to be without the light or access, but there was really no other way to get more counter space and cabinets! Our kitchen had an unbelievable 4 doors, 1 window and a huge radiator - a real puzzle!
We managed to move the fridge around beside the counter, which makes a lot more sense, and leave more space when you walk in from the front. We also made the wall from the dining room into a peninsula, letting the light go through the space and leaving lots of room for lower cabinets.
The SketchUp images really don't have the same perspective, but it is cool to be able to toggle around all angles of the space.
Man, I really can't WAIT to have a dishwasher! And storage! And workspace! How terrible it must be to move into a house with all of these incredible features and to take them for granted... ;p