What They Did

Gutted: The old kitchen was torn out, including a butler's pantry that led into the dining room; the passageway between the two rooms was enlarged. Sealing up another passageway to the basement door created more counter and cabinet space along the range wall. And enlarging a doorway off the eating area allowed easy access to a new mudroom.
Added an Island: To create a more efficient work triangle, a dual-height island fitted out with a sink and dishwasher was installed opposite the range/refrigerator wall.
Opened up the Dining Room: Removing the old butler's pantry improved traffic flow between the kitchen and dining room. In addition, a wall between the dining and living rooms was replaced with a columned half-wall that functions as a built-in sideboard and pass-through.
Let in More Light: Increasing the number of windows to six in the kitchen and six in the dining room, as well as adding two new sets of French doors, brought in more natural light and backyard views.
Added a Deck: Wrapping a new deck around the back of the house further links the kitchen and dining room.

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