The designer took the principle of affordability too far. I would have liked to have seen a more ambitious design and scaled back if necessary. I have the ability to do much of the remodel without contractors and the designer need not have set aside so much of the budget for labor. In hindsight, I should have been much more explicit on the cost considerations, or minimized their importance. The breakfast bar was a mindful addition but the placement and size may overly constrict movement in the kitchen. The comprehensive quote was excellent and overall design would be very straightforward to execute.
I never thought of putting the bedroom in the front by the windows. I understand your reasons and it might be nice if I had to spend a lot of time in bed. I would prefer to spend my time in the living room and welcome guests there, so I need that room to be the first thing they see when they enter. And in my old age, it would be way too far from the bathroom. For me, the kitchen would be too dark, so far away from the windows and there is no triangle. Thank you for your submission.