1. Demolished Interior Walls. Taking over the breakfast nook added 80 square feet of space to the kitchen. Removing a wall with a doorway gave back the laundry alcove.
2. Took Out a Chimney. Originally next to the laundry area, it was removed to make way for the second prep-and-cleanup zone. The contractor was able to remove the nonworking clay flue and seal it off at the bottom, since the apartment occupies the building's top floor.
3. Rearranged Large Appliances. The fridge and wall ovens were placed on either side of the secondary sink. The new six-burner cooktop and dishwasher sit to the left of the main sink, which wasn't relocated.
4. Revised the Windows. To make up for the loss of a large window in the eating area (needed to make room for the range hood and more cabinets),
the sink window was enlarged by a foot along the sides and at the top with the addition of a fanlight.
5. Added Prep and Storage Areas. The new kitchen is ringed with countertops for fixing meals and upper and lower cabinets to hold cookware.