Originally Posted by amdspitfire
I am aware of the budget needed and the majority of work will be done by myself. I have done this kind of work over and over again everywhere but my own house...
Actually, my purpose in mentioning your budget is twofold. The obvious one of verifying if your expectations are realistic, but also for others in this forum. You will be more likely to get helpful suggestions if you give others here more of an idea of the scope you have in mind, if you are willing to do a full gut, or if you have limitations.
Your kitchen looks huge, but I'm picturing DH and myself using it. I think 90% of our (my) time would be in the "work triangle" between the sink, cook top, and refrigerator. I think you are right in wanting a bit more space there.
I can pretty much guarantee if we lived there, the two peninsulas (where the keys are sitting and the area with the wet bar) would rarely be used except to dump groceries and as horizontal surfaces to collect junk and mail. Do you use them?
Is the other door (third picture, right side) interior or exterior?
It looks like you have tons of storage. If either door is a well used exterior door, I might be tempted to sacrifice a bit of that storage for a bench seat - a place to sit, take off, and store wet shoes etc.