I think the best place to start is on the kind of design you want. I would highly recommend an inexpensive paperback book, Kitchen Design with Cooking in Mind by Donald Silvers (available at www.amazon.com
). It is the best book I've found, and he designs kitchens from a cooking as well as an aesthetic perspective. He was a professional chef for 15 years prior to becoming a kitchen designer for the last 25 years.
Good luck, CMVnatural:chef: