red Shaker-style flat-panel cabinets, vaulted ceiling that echoes window and retro pulley light pendant
Photo: Nathan Kirkman

Expanded Space

One way to know what's wrong with a kitchen is to live with it for a couple of years. A great way to fix it is to share your vision with an architect and a carpenter who have already created something similar—in the architect's own home. "That was my apprenticeship," says wood wizard Dave Michael, recalling his path from the vaulted kitchen of architect Jon Sarkesian to the one they built for David and Jennifer Dilley.

Shown: Jennifer and David Dilley, with Matthew, 3, gather in their bigger, brighter space.

Cabinets: Plato Woodwork
Prep sink: Native Trails.
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