What They Did
The peninsula came down in favor of an island, and a bay window added a lot more light.
1. The island has breakfast-bar seating, storage cabinets, and a sight line from cooktop to family room so that the cook can be part of the action.
2. More light and a feeling of spaciousness became possible with a bay window that's 8 feet wide and 18 inches deep.
3. A full wall of cabinets with an appliance garage was added to what remains of the dividing wall, maximizing storage and prep space.
4. A hutch is built into the dining-area side of the dividing wall. A low cabinet caps the wall's exposed end.
5. A built-in desk adds storage for files in the family room. The angled side—on the same axis as the clipped end of the island and based on the angle of the hearth—allows for extra seating fireside.