floor plan - make the garage into a studio, change the roofline so it is split at the kitchen wall with windows to let light into the hallway, face the left side of the plan north and add windows to north walls.
Like connection between kitchen & garage. Tweak further to have walk-through mudroom, laundry, side entry, narrow house-stores/pantry & main entry closet. Other side of kitchen open to dining. Other side of main entry would depend on width of lot.