Savvy layout changes and beautiful design choices result in kitchens that work better for their households.
Size: About 150 square feet (14 square meters)
Designer: Kelly Martin Interiors
Before: A front-loading washer and dryer stood where the refrigerator was meant to be, and the homeowners weren’t in love with the linoleum floor and light wood cabinets that lined only two of the walls.
Size: 126 square feet (11.7 square meters)
Before: Designer Leslie Murchie Cascino of Bonnie Wu Design found the original 150-square-foot kitchen in her 1959 home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, poorly sized. The 10½-foot-long island required too many steps to move from one end to the other, and the 15 inches between the upper and lower cabinets left little room on the counter for small appliances.
A new kitchen island is just under 9 feet long. The new counters and upper cabinetry on the back wall have 18 inches of space between them, a standard distance that leaves sufficient room for countertop appliances.
Island counter: Burlesque Quartzite; backsplash tile: Fireclay Tile; pendants: Cedar & Moss; browse globe pendants