Architect Lynn Hopkins had her work cut out for her: Renovate a cramped, dated kitchen and create direct access to a sunny backyard with a pool. How did she do it? By bumping out the kitchen wall 5-1/2 ft., she generated enough space to transform a peninsula into an island and accommodate a breakfast table that seats six comfortably. She traded dark interior fixtures for white-painted cabinets. Hopkins also swapped a trio of windows for a set of French doors that open to a cozy new deck with room enough for a small table and a couple of chairs. Stairs from the deck lead to the backyard and the pool, and the area under the deck is enclosed by a latticework panels, providing a place for storage of yard toys and tools.
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