If you are not happy with the existing floor plan and consider taking down a wall or two, it is crucially important to make sure that your concept will bring you the desired outcome, before the renovation begins. Visualization is the only way to learn how good your plan really is. There are many details that can only be figured out in 3D. Otherwise you are taking your chances to make costly mistakes.
When walls are going down, all adjacent areas should be included into pre-construction space planning as well. Furniture layouts in those rooms must be tested for both aesthetics and functionality. At Irene Designs, we always create scaled furniture layouts using scaled 3D models of every piece of furniture you have (or intend to have) in those rooms, to make sure they all fit, and that the traffic flow is good. You will be able to visualize your future space in computer from every point of view.
In most cases there are more than one option to achieve your remodeling goals. Learning those options will help you make well-informed decision that can save you time and money down the road.