For updating and getting more cabinet space at the same time: Remove the soffits! There was a really nice pass-thru added that really opened up the kitchen. The oven cabinet at the end, near the patio doors were boxing in the kitchen, so we removed that and put in a wall cabinet with glass doors, adding more texture and making the kitchen feel larger.
Now here is a change!! The changes in this kitchen are amazing! From a dark stain to a painted white, an arched raised panel to a sleek mission style and last but certainly not least is the change from standard overlay doors to inset doors. The soffits are gone. The floor is now a wood floor. Two peninsulas were removed and now there is an island making the flow so much better!
How open and inviting the new kitchen is!