Building the new kitchen in the footprint of the old family room and side porch yielded smarter cooking and eating areas, plus better flow.
The new changes:
1. Framed an interior wall 8 inches inside the exterior wall to fit in plumbing and a deep window sill.
2. Tightened the work triangle by grouping the sink, range, and fridge in one corner.
3. Created dining space at one end by annexing a side porch.
4. Opened up to the new family room. With most of a wall down, the kitchen is a hub for cooking, dining, and hanging out.