"This house is really all about the kitchen," Kim says. "It was always going to be the focal point." When a wall that had closed it off from the main room was taken down, the kitchen came into its own. Kim's plan was to place a 7½-foot farm table directly under the arch that Beveridge crafted to hide the post and support beam where the wall had been. To make up for work surface lost now that the wall was gone, he used the bumpout, on the side of the kitchen where a door to the outside once stood, for the stove and flanking cabinets. Lost in the shuffle was some storage space, which Kim was actually glad about, as she was looking to downsize and simplify her life. "I got my pots and pans down to five pieces," she says proudly. "Besides, I can always add a pot rack if I need to."
Shown: A freestanding storage piece with a butcher-block prep surface is tucked between the cabinets and the table.