1928 kitchen remodel options
I'm new to this forum and need some suggestions. We are finally ready to remodel kitchen.
Dilemma 1: Plan to do a complete gut except that my husband wants to keep the original back wall cabinets from 1927 and have them refurbished. One of the dilemmas, however, is that our fridge is in the back entryway and the only place where there is room for it in the kitchen is on the back wall where the cabinets are. This means that half of the cabinets would have to be pulled to insert the fridge there. I like the convenience of having the fridge in the main room, but don't want to lose the symmetrical look of the original cabinets. We have lived with the fridge in its current location, but I like the idea of moving it and putting a small bench and storage boxes there for boots. Our contractor said that when we sell the house (7 years) buyers will prefer having the fridge next to a counter. Any thoughts?
Dilemma 2: We are moving the sink into an alcove by a window and our contractor suggested tearing down the partial wall where the sink is now and building a two level peninsula connecting the front room/DR with the kitchen.
This kind of appeals to me, but I wonder if I really need such an open space since the front room already has a nice open feel to it. I like the idea of a counter, but we don't entertain that much. And when we do, the kitchen is a mess. Any thoughts on that? See pictures below