I’ve had my kitchen redone; previously I had an entranceway which was kind of big but not enough to put a closet or somesuch in, and a kitchen where you couldn’t fit two people unless they really liked each other. The entryway’s features included my electrical meter and the fuses box in plain view, the large tube with the cables… the kitchen itself wasn’t ugly or anything like that (so long as it’s not painted fluorescent pink, if a kitchen works I’ll use it), but I hated the granite countertops (it’s like a camo background, damnit; I’m not blind, I don’t want a countertop I need to touch to tell if I’ve really cleaned it correctly) and the lack of space was Not Good. The stovetop was gas, as was the heater that was older than any heater is expected to be and which died last winter. My mother didn’t dare use the stovetop; she’d had several instances of leaving the gas on low when she thought she’d switched it off or vice versa, and a few of having the fire go off with the gas still on. And I didn’t like having to get it checked every year (I travel a lot for work), or the things it does to the bottoms of pots and pans (what? I’m a chemist, I’m allowed to hate dirty pot-bottoms!).
Now you enter directly through the kitchen (which after all is Traditional for northern Spain), it’s got more storage space (including a cabinet which hides the meter and box), a table I can eat at (foldable wings, usually with one wing open but I can fold it down and move it out of the way if needed) and - actual space in the middle! Woohoo!
I’ve also and after much thought Gone Weird. I mean, with the kitchen, not me. There’s a lot of things we do in homes that are done simply because “that’s how everybody does it”. I haven’t actually used a smoke extractor for years and the kitchen has good ventilation, so no extractor. Oven and microwave? Nope: for about the same money I got one that does both, and since it’s a tabletop model I’ve gained three large drawers. Got a half-size dishwasher too and no more gas: the stovetop is now induction. I’m not intending to sell the place for at least 20 years; whomever buys it can tear it all down if they dislike it, same as I did!