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The layout of the renovated kitchen is essentially a refinement of the previous kitchen's floor plan. The space is still galley style, set off from the dining room, and runs through to the back of the house. Including the breakfast area, the entire kitchen is about 225 square feet.
Gray-blue Heath Ceramics tile and recycled glass countertops add visual texture to the otherwise streamlined space. Durable oak flooring was chosen to match the existing flooring in the rest of the house.
Cabinetry: custom cherry, designed by the architect, fabricated by Wolf & Son; backsplash: Blue Fog, Heath Ceramics; countertop: IceStone
A custom diner-style Formica table embraces the kitchen's retro roots. Direct access to the outdoors embraces the family's active lifestyle and opens the room up to natural light. To take full advantage of the storage space along the galley kitchen's walls, Howells took out the soffits from the original kitchen and extended the cabinetry all the way up to the ceiling.
Table: Bars & Booths; chairs: Fritz Hansen; lighting: Rejuvenation
BEFORE: Originally, there was a chimney set in the wall between the kitchen and the dining room, restricting the size of the doorway. Howells and his team removed the chimney to open up the space — a bigger challenge than they anticipated.
AFTER: Now the two spaces are completely open, yet separate, from each other. "I like that you can work anywhere in it, and be in easy dialogue and eye contact with someone sitting at the breakfast table or dining table," says Howells.
Range, hood: Thermador; refrigerator, dishwasher: KitchenAid