How To Extend This Storage-Challenged Kitchen?

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Q: My boyfriend and I just moved into a new apartment. We live in Mexico City and the apartment (actually it's a little two floor row house in a "vecindad") is very old, built in the 1920s with a lot of history (see pic, we are the ones at the right with the (still) empty terrace). Now my questions: The kitchen is very tiny (6.23 x 6.43 feet), half open to the dining room. The only space for the appliances is on the back wall (fridge, stove and single bowl sink). As old apartments in Mexico City never have a built in kitchen I have to buy all the appliances new.

I'm a passionate cook and I'm looking for ideas how to build space for preparing food and to extend this storage challenged kitchen. Maybe tear down the half wall and build a kitchen island? And what about storage? Should I just go with open shelves to make the kitchen more airy? The kitchen itself also has no windows, just a door at the left side with a small window inside the door but there is a big window in the dining room. I will have an engineered hardwood floor in the dining area, the kitchen floor is concrete painted in a dark red, and I will maybe also put engineered hardwood floor in the kitchen. Actually, I dream of a big open kitchen/eating space (the dining room measures 10.33 x 14.17 feet) but I really don't now where to start. Do you have any suggestions? Muchas gracias y un abrazo muy fuerte!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.