"...a kitchen doesn’t allow for a lot of flexibility once everything is in place. So...do as much as you can to be specific about what you need.
...you could try this: Head out to the backyard (or the garage, if there’s room) with a big roll of, say, bright blue painter’s tape and mark off your layout to full size. Then (ignoring the strange looks from your neighbors), walk it through, as if you were making a favorite dish. See what feels natural and what doesn’t.
...by the time you’re done,