I've looked at the Home Depot renditions and the floor plan sketches
and came up with a few ideas of my own. I know you have a contractor working on things too. If you have a floor plan from him, I would like to see that. But in the meantime, here are my ideas :)
Most of these you may have already talked to the contractor about.
Excuse my scribbles, this is just a concept rendering and if you decide you like it, your contractor can get all the measurements in line. I can help with any questions.
1. Remove fluorescent light box and raise ceiling. Add recessed lighting (can lights) LED.
2. I would recommend stainless steel appliances throughout - it is a better contrast against the white cabinets you wanted and won't make them look yellowed. Stainless tends to warm a kitchen a little, as well. I know that sounds a little strange, but it does actually pick up a warm glow from the lighting and helps a white kitchen look less sterile.
3. Remove the microwave over the range and move to the cabinets against the wall on the left - as you also indicated you had talked to the contractor about. Have you considered doing a wall oven with microwave combo and a cooktop with hood in the place of the range? Any storage you lose on the wall will be available under the cooktop.
4. I would close the pass through to the family room and add upper cabinets there.
If you no longer use the bar area, I would have it turn 90 degree angle there and put the sink on the peninsula so that you are looking into the rest of the room and not at a wall. Its not much of a sink move - so I don't think the drain would have to be moved,
5. Paint: Here are a few colors to try. Purchase the smallest amount you can and paint on poster board - two coats - and see how it looks in your room and your light.
SHERWIN WILLIAMS - ACCESSIBLE BEIGE
SHERWIN WILLIAMS - AMAZING GRAY
BENJAMIN MOORE - TRANQUILITY
BENJAMIN MOORE - GRAY OWL
6. Granite. I would like to hear your preferences on color for counters. Do you want a similar look to Fawn's granite, or more of a contrast?
7. Back splash - once I know what kind of countertop you prefer, I can make some suggestions for back-splash material and design.
8. Flooring: I would like to see a warm wood tone, whether that is a wood look tile or actual wood. Do you have a preference for material?
Please let me know what you think and what you need from me - how we can proceed