Making a Galley Kitchen Count
A new entry and a built-in breakfast nook transformed this room from a hallway to a destination.
Magazine extra: Stefan Hampden shares the before, during, and after photos that illustrate this kitchen’s transformation.
The first time I met with Kimberly and Ryan Hamilton to talk about their kitchen, we sat around the dining-room table. Their affection for their home, a Craftsman-style house built in 1915, was irrepressible. They talked about the thoughtful detailing throughout the house, especially the newly restored built-in hutch in the corner of the dining room.
The only glaring weakness in the house was the kitchen. Poorly remodeled in the 1980s, it doubled as the primary route to the backyard. With three doors into the space, the kitchen was a narrow hallway that zigzagged around the counter, past the stove, by the breakfast nook, and out the back door. The house was already built to the backyard setback line, and the bit of outdoor space on the south side was the only usable yard.…