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Renee Ozer

We're renovating a MCM now, and we looked at a lot of mid-century houses before buying this house. The problem from the current perspective with the galley kitchens of the time was that there was one cook (the little woman) and the kitchens are designed with that in mind, so that two people bump into each other trying to use them (even though many of these houses have considerable space). In addition, the kitchens often have little to no natural light, in addition to being too narrow. Thus, like many people, we're opening up one side of the currently claustrophobic kitchen and installing an island.

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cojeff

I love working in my MCM kitchen! Everything is so convenient! When I see the ginormous kitchens of today, I can't imagine just keeping such a large space clean. We kept with the exact footprint, installed new flooring, cabinets, counters and SS appliances. We did replace one cabinet with a dishwasher. I put a large shelving unit in the the adjoining laundry room that makes an excellent pantry to store oversize items, etc. I also have a small pub style table and stools in there, though we don't eat in the kitchen, we could. I am also blessed with a window over the sink as well as another window at the eat-in section. It's light, bright and cheery, I wouldn't change a thing!

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Guy Wolf

muttsrule makes an astute observation that house design both reflects and reinforces the cultural norms of the day (kitchens designed to fit one person). Used to be only very close friends came into neighbors' kitchens. In current times, kitchens seem to have become the standard hang out for socializing. In our MCM kitchen (due for a remodel) we are fortunate to have a wider-than-normal galley style, so a bit more flexibility when it comes to redesign.

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