Fool around with an heirloom and you risk losing what makes it so pleasingly familiar. So when Jared and Grace Pyka bought her grandmother's ranch house, in Georgetown, Texas, they aimed to save its period grasscloth wall covering and some furniture. But the kitchen was awkward and outmoded. "The layout was really inconvenient," says Grace. "To put groceries in the pantry, you had to squeeze next to the water heater, and if you turned around you'd knock over cans."
Shown: The peninsula moved, making room for more storage and prep space. Ceiling-height painted cabinets, an apron sink, and salvaged floorboards give the room a fresh yet period-conscious style.