A Kitchen Opens Up for Better Flow
How making connections to the dining and family rooms and annexing a little space here and there righted the wrongs in a narrow galley
Vintage kitchens often end up with a layout that defies logic, and the one in Susan and Chuck Creacy's 1920 bungalow in Lexington, Kentucky, was no exception. A back door invited the couple's dogs to troop in from a small entry porch and settle in front of the fridge. A bedroom door and the front hall led smack into the cooking area, which lacked direct access to the dining room. Gathering in the kitchen with friends and family wasn't really an option. And despite its white walls, "the kitchen was dark and cramped," says Susan.
Susan and Chuck Creacy and their sidekicks, Guinness and Gilbert, enjoy an upgraded space that now connects to the dining room via a new arched opening.
The main hallway and a bedroom opened onto a galley-style kitchen. Working with local kitchen designer Laura Dalzell, the Creacys annexed the back entry porch and a pantry, closed off the bedroom door (it was an extra), and carved out an arched entry to the dining room. Opening up an exterior wall to graft on a family room allowed space to work in an island, too.
The finished room has colorful walls and poochproof terra-cotta floors. Tapping space under the eaves allowed for a light-enhancing vaulted ceiling. The former pantry window now channels light into the remodeled cooking zone.
Today, says Susan, they've got a light, bright kitchen with plenty of room to circulate and hang out, two furry friends included.
An archway to the dining room is framed with pilasters to match those in an existing arched opening in the kitchen that leads to the main hall.
Terra-cotta floor tiles ground the airy space. Easy-care stainless-steel counters replaced crumb-catching tile and coordinate with new pro-style appliances.
"If you've got pets, sealed terra-cotta floor tiles are a great choice. They're tough, and any scratches or chips that do appear seem like part of their natural, handmade look."
—Susan Creacy, Lexington, KY.
The 135-square-foot room was poorly
laid out, with the fridge and cooktop in opposite corners and no place to gather for quick meals or conversation.
Cooking and entertaining became easier with more space, distinct work zones, casual seating, and direct access to the dining room.
1. Created an arched opening
in the wall between the kitchen and dining room, yielding a direct path from the work zone to the table and a sight line from the front of the house to the back.
2. Gained space
by annexing the pantry and back entry porch, adding 50 square feet and creating a home for the range.
3. Removed a wall
to open up the kitchen to a new family room, creating just enough space in the kitchen for an island.
4. Added an island
with a sink and dishwasher to make prep and cleanup a cinch. Seating on the family room side helps keep visitors (snack-seeking dogs included) out of the cook's way.
5. Filled in a doorway
to create space for a three-cabinet-wide pantry unit.