Local architect Jeffrie Lane worked up a plan to give the couple a larger space that would run the length of the house's back wall, improving the overall proportions. Inside, he gained room for a center island and a cozy dining nook across from a fireplace. Traditional materials like soapstone and marble, white-painted cabinets, and deep crown and base moldings make the new space feel more like a wing of the old house. As a final touch, the back door was closed up in favor of French doors that lead to a colorfully painted side porch—a replica of one on the opposite side of the house. Says Lane, "We reclaimed the character and scale of the original home inside and out."
Shown: The island keeps the microwave off the counter and stores the stand mixer and bakeware.
A computer mounted on the wall above the banquette and a wireless keyboard make online recipe searches more convenient.