Updated in the 1950s, the cook space was cut in two by an awkwardly placed arch, resulting in a choppy, impractical layout. "I really wanted to improve the work area," says Rose Marie Carr of Kitchens by Rose, "and to make the kitchen look like it belonged to the rest of the house." And Dawn wanted a green renovation. When the crew went to rip up the pine floors, she scraped off the linoleum herself—soaking it in hot water to avoid potential asbestos fibers—to save the original boards. "It took me about two weeks," she says.
Construction lasted 10 long months, but the result was worth it: a well-laid-out space with warm hickory cabinets, a wheat-colored beadboard backsplash, and an antique sideboard repurposed as an island. "I didn't cook much before," Dawn says. "But now that the kitchen is finished, I love to."
Shown: A 1950s renovation left this 1906 house with an inefficient kitchen that turned a corner