This area makes for a long story as it underwent the biggest changes and is still a work in progress. Originally it was a galley kitchen with dropped ceilings, an electric range and cabinets stained a shade of brown that doesn't exist in nature.
The first repair was to strip the cabinets and apply a polyurethane finish. A friend from Los Angeles, who had worked with me before I left LA for med school, came up along with my mom and one of my aunts for work on structural changes.
Here is galley portion of the kitchen prior to the 1st round of changes.
The following changes were done in '96:
Removed the dropped ceiling and the cabinet over the cooktop.
Put in a skylight.
Enlarged the framing to the ceiling as much as was structurally prudent.
Opened the kitchen to the darkroom.
Added a window to what was the darkroom.
Voila! Markedly improved lighting.
I added a wall to separate the galley from the kitchen in order to bring the fridge closer to the work area. I'm aware that big kitchens have been "the thing" since at least the mid-90's, which is when I started to pay attention to that sort of thing. Good light, a gas cooktop, and a workspace that made sense were more important than lots of cabinets and large fridges. I mention the fridge size because I allowed only 35 inches- who needs a big fridge?
Here is the kitchen ca 1996