kitchen design: should we remove inner wall(s)?
We have a split level house. The 1-story part of the house where the dining room, the living room and the kitchen are is a square and the kitchen itself is a square in the corner of the big square. The kitchen is about 10' X 10' and the entire area is about 20 X 20. All our appliances, the sink, cabinets etc are along the outer walls. We're completely remodeling the kitchen and trying to decide whether to remove either of the two inner walls between the kitchen and the living/dining area.
We've seen a couple of houses with a very similar layout and size with both walls removed. The entire area seems to be bigger because of that. You can also talk to someone who's in the living room from the kitchen, there is more light in the room etc. At the same time, we're concerned about opening the space too much so that we could see all the junk in the living/dining room from the kitchen and all the junk in the kitchen from the rooms and the front entrance. So we're leaning toward removing just one of the walls. This is the wall between the dining room and the kitchen, and this will give us easier access from the kitchen to the dining room table.
By the way, we currently eat in the kitchen (we have a small table there) and we want to keep it this way.
Are there any other considerations that we should take into account when figuring out whether to remove one wall, both or neither?