Our architect Gary helped us a lot in deciding what we should do with the house. He heavily suggested doing things that would save us money, which was very thoughtful, but we had a feeling the house needed more than just a kitchen demo/rebuild.
We had initially planned on knocking down the old kitchen and master bedroom (pictured below, in the middle).
House prices in Paris have gone up dramatically since our home was purchased. We spoke to two realtors, one gave us a valuation (thank you Kathy Smith!) which compared the value of our home (once whole) to others in the area. Our home value once complete would be almost double it's purchase price. Alternatively, if we decided to buy another house and sell ours we would have to first find a way to fix ours, and then buy something else at an inflated price. To buy something new would mean we'd just have new problems that we wouldn't yet know about.
In the end we figured we'd make our house work for us. We signed ourselves up for (likely) years of work.
We began making a list of all the maintenance and repairs our house would need in the near future. We also made sure to address some of the deficiencies the house had (no workshop for Ryan).