Before: Cramped and Plain

The Royal Oak, Michigan, couple had worked with Sarkesian on the redo of a family-owned furniture store when they asked him to bump out their 1940s bungalow, enlarging its kitchen to suit a family of four. "They wanted to keep the scale cozy," says Sarkesian, who expanded the space—but not too much—with a light-channeling barrel-vaulted ceiling and an open plan.

Shown: The narrow kitchen was a walkway between the dining room and step-down family room.
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