The kitchen originally was really dark and closed off from the rest of the house. We removed walls and the kitchen/dining became part of the living area. Originally the kitchen was almost a galley kitchen with a pass-through window to the dining area. The dining area itself was also closed off from the family room. Now after removing the walls, you can stand in the kitchen and see all the way across the room to the far end of the family room French doors to the outside. Look what a beautiful, open concept it is!