Help with home layout
We just bought an old (1920s) home and were trying to figure out what to do with it. It's a half duplex a rather inefficient layout:
The image isn't really to scale, but it's more or less accurate.
I'm thinking about doing the following:
1. taking down the (load bearing) wall between the kitchen and the dining room and have it as one big open space (still kitchen +dining), with a kitchen island marking the separation between the two rooms.
2. turning that little square area on the right side of the kitchen into a small pantry and a (relatively cramped) powder room. Though I understand that right off the kitchen may not be the best place for a powder room, there isn't really anywhere else to put one.
Finally, the wife has suggested:
3. taking down the wall between the second bedroom as well, and turning the entire space into an open living room/dining room/kitchen. If we did that, we would turn the current living room into a library/office with a murphy bed for guests. Eventually, this would turn into a permanent second bedroom.
Is all this feasible? Does anyone have alternate layout suggestions?
I'm a little hesitant on #3, as it would make for an awkward layout with a bedroom right next to the front entrance and far from the bathroom.
We'll be meeting with an architect, but I've been stalking these forums long enough to know that the collective knowledge here is invaluable. Any input is appreciated!