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New Kitchen, and Then Some

How a small addition improved an average ranch house with a new kitchen, a better dining room, a porch, a mudroom, and a bath

In this article, remodeler Steve Kuhl describes how he was called upon to help find a solution to two problems in a modest-size ranch house: The homeowners' three children constantly clogged the rear entry with sports equipment and other items, and the long and narrow kitchen left little room for the kids to pass through while their parents were preparing meals. Kuhl designed a 79-in.-wide bump-out that provided the necessary kitchen space inside and also allowed for a small porch to be built off the dining room. The new kitchen includes a center island that separates the food-prep area from the passageway. The island, made of cherry and with unique base detailing, stands apart from the white cabinets. To enhance the impact of the cabinet-filled kitchen, the oven is tucked into one end of the island. New windows above the sink and in one corner bring lots of daylight into the kitchen. Kuhl created space for the children's sports equipment by converting a three-season porch into a mudroom with individual cubbies. The former porch now also contains a powder room.

New Kitchen, and Then Some

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