The new, more efficient workspace is open to the dining area and sections-off a back entry hall.
1. Shifted the basement door out of the kitchen's traffic pattern, making room for a cabinet with landing space and a microwave drawer along the new fridge/pantry wall.
2. Created a U-shape layout in the gutted space, with the range at its center and the sink and the dishwasher a few steps away.
3. Established a back entry hall on one side of the kitchen, shortening two windows for privacy and creating space for a mudroom bench.
4. Added a raised breakfast bar to separate the kitchen from the dining area, where a wall with an open passageway once stood.