Claiming Space: After

Who: Annika C.
Where: Pasadena, Calif.

By building a new hallway and taking down the wall between the kitchen and the breakfast room, we were able to carve out needed space. We designed Shaker-style cabinets and used period-style reproduction nickel hardware, installed a farmhouse sink, and put in a schoolhouse light. We replaced the flooring with Marmoleum, and I tiled the backsplash myself (having no prior experience!) using Carrara marble subway tile. We were able to salvage and restore the casement and double-hung windows, and we added a divided-light back door that mirrors the original front door. We were even able to carve out space for a desk and a breakfast bar, perfect for homework. Even at only 160 square feet, it is the kitchen of our dreams!

Who did the work: I did some of the work myself, but a contractor did most of it.
Cost: $25,000 to $50,000
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