A big mistake someone before us had made was covering up a six foot window in both kitchens. Although it's charming and original, it's no longer functional or weather tight. So instead there will be a large picture window to let in some western light.
The 54" cast iron sink (craigslist acquisition) will be located directly in front of the window. I also discovered that the square shaft to the right will no longer be necessary after we install a new heating system. So a corner cabinet will allow for a much simpler kitchen layout than we had originally planned.