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An Oregon contractor wrestles more function from his small vintage kitchen

Contractor Jay B. Lane had worked on everything from decks to bathrooms, but he had never before tackled a kitchen remodel. An opportunity presented itself when Lane decided to remodel the kitchen in his own home, which suffered from a shortage of daylight, the absence of an island, and a poor layout. Lane began by changing the layout so that the sink, fridge, and range were within easy access of each other. He did this by removing a wall to create space for the fridge, then adding an island to center the kitchen's work area. The island is topped with a copper counter and has a built-in range, lighting controls, and a microwave tucked into one side. Daylight comes from a motorized skylight and new windows over the sink. The new kitchen benefits as well from Venetian plaster on the walls and ceiling, and green glass tiles with copper accents that cover the area around the sink.

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