Before: Too Cramped for Cooking

Designer Connie Gustafson gutted the space, borrowed about 40 square feet from the dining room to improve the layout, and ordered white uppers and gray base cabinets with helpful pullouts. Now the couple, empty nesters who both enjoy cooking, know how to find what they need. Small appliances park in a garage near the fridge, and platters no longer hover at the back of crammed shelves. "In the old kitchen, I couldn't find anything," says Debra. "Now everything is totally organized."

Shown: Jumbled countertops and dated, dysfunctional cabinets took the joy out of cooking.
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