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A Small Addition Transforms a Kitchen

Lessons in comfort, composition, and convenience

After learning that they had lead paint on their kitchen cabinets, Aimee and Peter decided to seize the moment and redo their bungalow's entire kitchen, which suffered from a lack of counter space and natural light as well as an awkward layout. In this article, architect Lauren Davis and remodeler Steven Offenhartz describe how they transformed the space by removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room, adding a 3-ft.-deep bump-out across the back of the house, changing appliance locations, adding windows and counter space, and reconfiguring a problematic staircase. The result is not only a much more usable and inviting kitchen, but a more open and light-filled first floor. The authors outline what they call "the three Cs of a great design"--comfort, composition, and convenience--and demonstrate how they considered each in their redesign of Aimee and Peter's kitchen.

A Small Addition Transforms a Kitchen

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