This was a great submission! Although we did not love the style and colors, the functionality was great, and we will probably go with this layout and use the design of the built-in bookshelves. We love that it has the desk, fireplace seating, storage, and conversational seating while preserving the TV-watching aspect. The layout also really opens up the room to enable a better dining room table arrangement. Ultimately we will not be renovating the kitchen as it is very new, but if we had known we'd be using the back area as a playroom, the ideas here are good. Thank you so much for all of the great ideas!
I liked the thoughtful flexibleness of the design with the area around the fireplace, which showed sensitivity to the intended uses of the space. The remainder of the room seemed underutilized, with the small desk thrown in as filler.