8. Start With The Most Important Feature

"I looked for cabinets first, knowing that they'd dictate the kitchen's layout. I found them at a secondhand shop along with a stainless-steel dishwasher that looked like new. With those dimensions, I sketched a dozen versions of the layout on graph paper until I liked the result. Then the rest of the design took shape."

Shown: Even before it flooded, the kitchen felt drab and dated.
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