Please review my latest plan - thanks!
Here is my latest update with a little help from the KD. We decided to just meet her and if we didn't think we would work well together just not use her. She ended up being very knowledgeable and easy to work with. Here is where we are with our idea.
We are thinking of taking off the wall of cabinets on the DR wall and making that a half-wall with a wooden countertop/seating area instead. With wainscoat below and around the DR. Then looking at adding other DR storage down the road instead of just extending our kitchen cabinets into there.