floorplan - swap kitchen?
I'm working on planning a kitchen renovation & new floors throughout, so if we're going to consider moving appliances, taking out walls or changing windows, this is the time. We (two adults plus kitties) exclusively use the back door which opens into the kitchen, living room is next. There's not much natural light coming in, and the best view to the back yard is from the bathroom. The current kitchen doesn't have enough counter space or a dishwasher, and the gas range is on the corner on the way into the house or to the bathroom. We don't have a comfortable dining room or place for eating, and it's a stretch to have more than two people over.
I've attached the current 1st floor plan (front room is a finished porch). The reddish circles are walls I've considered opening or removing, although they all have baseboard heat on them. I'm wondering if we might gain living space to get out of each other's hair and have a dining room next to the kitchen if we were to swap the current dining room and kitchen.
I've been lurking and learning a lot; I appreciate any thoughts or suggestions you might offer!