Vintage kitchens often end up with a layout that defies logic, and the one in Susan and Chuck Creacy's 1920 bungalow in Lexington, Kentucky, was no exception. A back door invited the couple's dogs to troop in from a small entry porch and settle in front of the fridge. A bedroom door and the front hall led smack into the cooking area, which lacked direct access to the dining room. Gathering in the kitchen with friends and family wasn't really an option. And despite its white walls, "the kitchen was dark and cramped," says Susan.
Susan, Chuck, and their sidekicks, Guinness and Gilbert, enjoy an upgraded space that now connects to the dining room via a new arched opening. Terra-cotta floor tiles ground the airy space. Easy-care stainless-steel counters replaced crumb-catching tile and coordinate with new pro-style appliances.
For some homeowner tips and more photos of this kitchen remodel, see A Kitchen Opens Up for Better Flow