A customer contracted with me to remodel his kitchen. The old kitchen was serviceable, but it was dark and dated. In addition, there was a barrier wall between the kitchen and dining room. This was a common practice in homes build in that era. Unfortunately, this closed off the kitchen into a somewhat claustrophobic space.
I suggested that he not only remodel the kitchen, but also open up the barrier wall. This allowed for additional counter space and a much more open feeling.
I think that the difference between the two kitchens is tremendous. My customer now has a beautiful, and much more functional kitchen.