The one thing that hasn't shown up in the other photos is this countertop and kitchen pass-through.
I like the idea of an open kitchen, and enjoy talking to friends while I'm in the kitchen and they sit at the dining room table. But this pass through opening is too low to do that, and, it feels like I'm a short order cook in a diner.
Also, the pass through visually chops up the room. You can tell from this photo that there's way too much going on for such a small space (and that doesn't include all the repair work that needs to be done on the walls!)
A while back, I read this post on The Kitchn, about open v. closed kitchens, and I have to say, I'm really torn on what to do. Opening the kitchen would create an island, and I could hang out with friends in the living room and the dining room while I'm in the kitchen. The other part of me wants a closed kitchen, and to keep my dining room more formal. Do you prefer an open or closed kitchen?
One thing I know for sure is that it needs to be all or nothing--completely open, or completely closed--because standing at this pass through makes me want to say, "Do you want fries with that?"