Kitchen Addition: From Tiny to Terrific
An architect's kitchen sketches inspire the transformation of her 1970s ranch.
Synopsis: Adding on to this 30-year-old Michigan house created a larger kitchen that two cooks could use and where the morning sun is now a regular guest. A screened porch off the kitchen provides a secondary dining area. Photos, floor plans, and the architect’s design sketches illustrate the article.
Vince, my husband, does virtually all the cooking at our house, and I do the baking and cleaning. Unfortunately, the frustration of two people trying to work in our original kitchen fueled contentious outbursts. Opening the refrigerator blocked passage to the dining room, and the dishwasher couldn’t be opened while I kneaded bread dough. Either we baked or we cleaned, but never both at once. The bottom line: We had a one-person kitchen and a two-cook family.
When we finally went ahead with a kitchen addition after several years in tight quarters, my husband and I took stock of…