What They Did
To gain space, the homeowners removed an interior wall so they could expand the kitchen into a neighboring hallway, which had been used as a makeshift butler's pantry. They sealed up a back door in the process.
They enlarged the L-shaped layout to accommodate two food-prep/clean-up stations—each with its own sink and dishwasher—and to provide ample counter space and maneuverability for two people to work.
To maximize storage and display space, floor-to-ceiling cabinets and a custom-made hutch now flank the brick wall opposite the new appliance-packed island.
To access the backyard deck, windows in the dining area were replaced with triple French doors.