open kitchen remodel marble countertop on breakfast bar
Photo: Ken Gutmaker
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After: A Few More Feet

Eliminating a door swing can open the way to a much smarter kitchen. Witness Kelly McGinnis and Don Santel's Victorian-era home, in San Francisco, where the boxy cook space needed more function as well as guest-worthy style. Relocating the basement door elsewhere in the house, centering the foyer passageway, and grabbing about 2 feet from the dining room allowed architect Andre Rothblatt to create separate zones for cooking, cleaning up, and—Don's pet passion—fussing with the espresso machine.

Shown: In the upgraded and streamlined room, homeowner Don Santel pulls 
up to the extra-long, marble-topped breakfast bar.

Architect: Andre Rothblatt Architecture, San Francisco, CA
Interior designer: Amanda Marmer, San Francisco, CA; 415-309-8429
General contractor: V & Co. Fine Builders, San Francisco, CA
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