Kitchen Desk Area
After pondering the alternatives, Hinz removed the framing around two of the windows and pulled out the center posts. The island slid through the makeshift entry, and window-framing repairs went onto the to-do list.
Rebuilding this chunk of the house allowed the owners to set off the kitchen with a powder room and a mudroom that frame an opening to the oldest section of the house. This area now holds separate dining and reading rooms, a small office, and an entry with light-channeling interior glass walls. Miraculously, the floating stairs survived, gaining only a bannister.
Shown: A built-in desk helps set off the kitchen from the dining room while offering a perch for recipe grazing.