Tearing out walls to create great room
My buddies would like to tear out some interior walls to create a great room and to expand their kitchen. The hubby is a painting contractor with plenty of do-it-yourself experience, but no design experience. Wife is at a loss- except that she wants a pantry and counter space because she cooks a lot. Hubby is willing to tear out all walls, including bearing walls, to make a more user-friendly space, but no cooktop or sink islands, since he does not want to jackhammer up the slab. They don't need or want a "family room" or the tiny dining room, which is not big enough for a decent table and chairs.
Here are the limitations:
Sink to stay where it is under window.
No electricity, gas or water to an island.
I thought someone might like to throw out some ideas for them. Here is a crude drawing of the space to be redesigned, one square =one foot..