Consider opening a window to the side yard to extend the perception of space in the kitchen. Sink in island, wood millwork and flooring. Lennox Street House by Corben Architects. floors limed oak. Cabinets-the same?. Calcutta marble counters.
Do you want a concealed benchtop or flat bench top (like this photo)? Think about how you use the kitchen. Would you mind seeing dishes from the dining table or would you like a barrier? Concealed I think.