U-Shaped: After

Who: Michelle H.
Where: Burlington, Vt.

We created a breakfast bar, added a floating cork floor, and increased storage with Shaker-style cabinets. We used period-style fixtures, local Vermont soapstone, subway tile, glass cabinet pulls, locally made Mason-jar pendants, and sleek yet practical stainless steel. A microwave drawer and cabinet-depth fridge help make the space efficient, and the U-shape counter allows more cooks in the kitchen.

Who did the work: I did some of the work myself, but a contractor did most of it.
Cost: $50,000 to $100,000
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