We live in a house that was built in 1980. There isn't a lovely big hallway, leading to the various rooms downstairs. Each room is a walk through to the next room. It has a semi open plan vibe and the kitchen is one of the rooms that gets a lot of traffic through to the study/music room. It's a galley kitchen (incidentally, one of my favourite types of kitchens), so everything is practical and in reach and pretty compact.
I had to really think about what I liked and didn't like about the kitchen, before I started coming up with ideas for the renovation, as there wasn't a lot of room to play with.
The thing with homes built in the 1980s is there isn't a huge amount of character. No original features, fireplaces, high ceilings or moulding. You have to work harder to create spaces that are interesting and homely. These restrictions definitely make you more creative!
Another thing that made us more creative was our budget. We didn't have much of one at all. I will talk more about the budget throughout the rest of this post...