From forum discussion here:
The rest of my 1st floor remodeling ideas for Conchy's apartment. I knocked out the wall between the kitchen and 1st bedroom and combined the space to form a casual dining area with a bar separating it from the kitchen. The washer and dryer were moved to a closet in the 2nd bedroom where I also made an opening to enlarge the whole kitchen area. In that last bedroom I also put a sofa sleeper so the room could be used for guest sleeping (maybe with some curtains or blinds to draw over the opening) or to use as to hang-out or work. This would add more room for guests in addition to the downstairs bedroom I didn't change. I love that now the kitchen is open to the formal living area and to this area for natural breezes through the house. This and my other design are all I would do to the first floor, it still leaves 2 complete bathrooms, but you can never have enough of those and they are expensive to build or remodel!