Adding square footage allowed for a nearly square footprint, better flow, and an improved workspace.
1. Bumped out what is now the sink wall by 8 feet. Brightened it with three windows and French doors. A continuous run of countertop forms a U around the room.
2. Widened the pass-through to the family room to open up the sight line. The wall marks the end of the new kitchen, which is open to a separate casual seating area in the former kitchen's ell.
3. Added a large square island with table-style seating along one end and a prep sink at the other.
4. Built in a banquette between two pantry cabinets and added a table and chairs for a dining nook.