Designer Chris Christofferson freed up an empty wall for cabinets by moving a poorly placed opening. Then he rearranged the layout, working with Molly, who served as the general contractor. It was a challenge to juggle bids, schedules, and deliveries, she says, and the work stretched to nine months, but she has no regrets. "Usually the newness of something wears off, but every time I walk in there I smile," she says. As for storage, "I even have a few drawers with absolutely nothing in them."
Shown: Dated cabinets and appliances (no dishwasher) and an illogical layout hampered productivity.