One Kitchen, Three Ways
One kitchen designer took the same galley floor plan and created three unique spaces for a trio of neighbors. See what worked for them—and how it can work for you too.
For Leslie Dunn, an interior designer and avid cook, the priority was increased storage space and elegant fittings. The Sub-Zero fridge and Miele dishwasher were disguised behind paneling to create a consistent look through the cabinets.
A flat-screen TV tucked into a corner is hidden from the adjacent dining room in a nook created from space part of a living room closet. Tall Brookhaven maple cabinets with topped with crown molding heighten the feeling of the room.
A 42-inch-wide pass-through had been cut into the dining room wall by the previous owner, but the Dunns used the window to their advantage. They strategically placed glass-front cabinets in front of the opening so they could display glassware. Then the framed the opening with molding, and turned it into a breakfast bar with a cherry countertop.
A 10-inch-deep Elkay sink helps hide the dirty dishes from view, while a stone-mosaic tile border breaks up the field of white subway tiles and ties in with honed limestone countertops. A satin-nickel Elkay faucet matches the cabinet knobs and pulls.
The pass-through and window (where a door used to be) had been installed by a previous owner, but this renovation created the breakfast bar and added much-needed storage.
The O'Hare Family wanted an open space, integrating their kitchen into their main living area. So they took down a bearing wall to make a peninsula and outfitted the space with Wood-Mode cherry cabinetry that looked like furniture.
The back door stayed—all the easier to get to the patio, where grill lives—so that meant choosing a 27-inch-deep GE Profile fridge rather than the 30-inch model, which would get in the way of the traffic to the outside.
As with the Dunn kitchen, a living room closet sacrificed square footage to the kitchen, this time to make an 18-inch-deep pantry.
Handmade glazed tiles reveal their crackles, bumps, and other irregularities through the play of light coming from the undercabinet lighting.
A wall between the dining room and kitchen became a half-wall peninsula, and a living room closet turned into a storage pantry. Otherwise the layout remained unchanged. The open space is great when entertaining—"Now we can be in three rooms at once," says Robert O'Hare.
This house combined the kitchen and dining room areas into one—a "family eating space, not a formal eating space," according to the owner. The U-shaped cooking area has much storage, including two hidden spice racks in the pillars on either side of the range.
A breakfast bar, lower than the peninsula's countertop, provides an excellent area for the kids to eat and do their homework. The molding around the windows and the newly constructed corner cupboard match the kitchen's Wood-Mode cabinetry to tie eating area with the cooking space.
This banquette provides a different approach to family dining. The corner arrangement is more casual and a great space-saver, and there's room for extra storage in the benches.
The space was opened up, engulfing the adjacent diing room to make a large kitchen with a less formal eating area. A 2-tiered peninsula divides cooking from dining. The loss of wall space meant the range had to go where the back door used to be.