I have a small 1928 Craftsman Bungalow in SC and would like to remodel the 9' x 9'.6" kitchen. It is tricky because one wall is almost all windows and I hate to lose them. But there are also two doors, one provides entry into the kitchen. The only 9 foot wall is directly to the left of this door so I need clearance to pass through. I lose about 2-3 feet of counter space here to allow for entry. To the right of this door is a 6 foot wall with only a foot from the wall to the edge of the back door of the house. Exiting onto the back porch (this 6 foot wall now contains the sink and counter space on either side, two feet deep...which protrudes into the walk way from the entry door into the kitchen and must be maneuvered to gain passage to the back door). That back wall contains one foot of wall space, the back door, and then 4 feet of recessed space that was the original pantry (the refrigerator is here now). Then the final exterior wall that is mostly 5 foot tall windows covering most of that wall (1 foot of wall to the right of the window, and 3 feet of wall to the left. The house and kitchen have 9 foot ceilings. The back porch and the pantry have much lower ceilings (7 feet, and neither the floor nor ceiling is insulated).
Is it possible to renovate this kitchen to modern standards within the existing space without losing the beautiful windows? Do older houses need to meet these standards? (I bought the house "as is"). Are the special standards for small kitchens? It is such a charming house...but passage into and out of the kitchen is too tricky!
I appreciate your advice and thoughts!