"It was a challenge," recalls Chicago designer Todd Atkins of reconfiguring the kitchen. "We had to fit in an island, a banquette, and appliances—and new, modern appliances take up a lot of space. The staircase was right where I might have placed cabinets." Building a simple pantry in the void under the staircase helped greatly.
The new breakfast area, featuring a built-in banquette, now sits where a family-room addition, built on a slab, had been tacked on to the old kitchen.