remodeled kitchen after with soapstone counters and open shelving
Photo: Susan Teare
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After: Worth The Wait

Many an older home has been the victim of an ill-conceived expansion. For Sara Puretz and Steven Barkyoumb of Burlington, Vermont, it was two low-ceilinged bedrooms that had been tacked onto the back of their Victorian-era house and that led to a makeshift, windowless kitchen marooned between a half bath and the mudroom. For three years, the couple lived with the unused bedrooms and cramped cooking quarters while they planned their ideal meal-prep space. Their goal: one expansive family-room kitchen that would mesh stylistically with the house's period look.

Shown: The classic black-and-white design is simple enough to work with the traditional detail of the 1901 house.
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