Together, the trio embarked on a dramatic but entirely cosmetic update of the kitchen, continuing the same finishes in the adjacent breakfast room and pantry so that the three spaces worked as one. Hansen chose materials and finishes for their light-reflecting qualities: beveled white subway tile, Carrara marble counters, cabinets painted a gray-toned white, and lots of stainless steel. The look is clean and bright, with an updated traditional feel.
Proof positive of the project's success came when the owners had to move for a job change. "When we told our friends Anne and Eric Belzer the news," says John, "Anne immediately asked, 'Can we have the house?'" Today, the Belzers and their three kids are enjoying the fruits of their friends' remodel. "The kitchen sold us on the house," Anne says. "It's the one room where all five of us want to spend time."