The kitchen lost its dropped ceiling as well as its back stairs, while gaining 30 square feet in the form of a cantilevered bumpout—puzzle piece number two. The tiny add-on required no foundation yet was "the small release valve that made everything work," says Clements. Scott, who likes to unwind from his tech job by reading cookbooks, gained extra prep space, a supersize German fridge, and a spiffy induction cooktop. The kids got personal cubbies—meaningful real estate, since they share a bedroom—with hooks for lunch boxes and backpacks, and bins for stray cell phones. "We didn't have space for one big mudroom," Clements explains. "So we figured out what they needed and spread it out."
Bumping out the sink wall eased traffic flow around the generous new island.
Paint: Benjamin Moore
's Sea Haze (walls) and Dill Pickle (island)Cabinets: Bellmont Cabinet Co.Cooktop and Wall Oven: ThermadorRange Hood: Vent-A-HoodDiswasher: MieleRefrigerator and Freezer: Liebherr