When the emphasis of a kitchen remodel is handsome practicality, the room can work hard for years without looking out of sync with the times. That's what the avid cook who owns the space shown here envisioned, having endured a badly planned galley kitchen for years. The house that she shares with her husband and their two sons in Manhattan Beach, California, was built in 1940 as a one-story weekend place not meant for serious cooking.
Needing more room overall, they asked local architect Michael O. Eserts to add a second story and a kitchen that would be "simple and clean, and which they would still love in 30 years," says Eserts.
See all of the photos from this classic before and after in Simple Kitchen Design, Timeless Style