A Perfect Kitchen Grows Up
An architect redesigns her kitchen to meet the needs of a maturing family.
Synopsis: Architect Sophie Piesse took great care in designing a kitchen for herself and her husband when they built their first house in North Carolina. Fifteen years later, it was evident that for all its charm, the kitchen had proven itself no match for an active family with two boys rapidly approaching high school. Taking stock of the new priorities of an active, growing family, Piesse redesigned her “perfect” kitchen with a larger island, more functional storage, and a more sophisticated look.
Had someone asked me about my kitchen in 1999, I would have said it was perfect. As a centerpiece of the new home we had just built, it met the particular needs of myself and my husband. Even several years later when our first son was born, the space continued to fit us perfectly. In fact, it matched our lifestyle so well that it was written up in…