breakfast bar and island in Tudor Revival kitchen
Photograph: Eric Piasecki
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A Spacious Host Kitchen

A host kitchen is an amenity old-house purists often sacrifice to enjoy a pristine period home. But in Brian and Judith Turner’s 1926 Tudor Revival, the kitchen wasn’t authentic—or especially inviting. The basic layout may have been original but the sterile space was a holdover from a 1960s "update" and jerry-rigged, with the refrigerator relegated to the adjacent mudroom in order to fit in a table and chairs. In addition, the kitchen suffered from a severe lack of storage space, with just a few cabinets around the sink and on the wall opposite it.

To give the Turners the gracious cooking and eating space they were after, with good flow with the rest of the New Rochelle, New York, home, architect Carol J.W. Kurth first annexed some closet-size spaces next door, then replaced the wall shared with the TV room with a breakfast bar.

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