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The Challenge:
To add efficient workspace and maximum functionality to this eat-in kitchen with minimal renovation. Oh -- and we have to work with the existing floor tiles, too!
The Vision:
Replacing a peninsula with an island would be the starting point for the rest of the layout.

The Process:
This client had many "must haves" for her kitchen -- the key one being an eating area with 6 chairs around a standard height table. Also on the list were a built-in wall oven and microwave; hidden small appliance storage; a door between the kitchen and adjoining dining room; and a telephone and message centre. Further complications were heavily used traffic paths to the dining room as well as the backyard (for frequent excursions by the family pooch).

Key to the success of the new layout would be the practical allocation of work zones for clean-up, prep, and cooking, based on the family's lifestyle. The previous layout had all of the work area confined to a U-configuration on one side of the room -- so tight that one could barely load the dishwasher while standing at the sink -- while a long wall opposite was devoted almost entirely to a generous desk space. Storage was pretty good although inconvenient, but function made no sense at all.

Now, instead of the wasteful desk area, we have a tiny cabinet housing a phone and message center at the end of a large cooking zone. At the center of this zone, a cook-top surmounts a series of wide, deep drawers that efficiently store pots and pans. Conveniently and logically book-ending the stove are a deep pantry and a cabinet with built-in wall oven and microwave. The sink remains in its previous location under the window, but with the peninsula eliminated, the dishwasher is easily accessible.

Entertaining extended family often involves shared kitchen duties, so clean-up and cooking zones must be well-separated. The room's just-over 12' width permitted us a narrow island, which acts as a buffer between the two areas. It also functions as a prep zone, baking zone, and buffet; hides small appliances and pull-out trash bins; and keeps traffic out of an in-use work area. All this functionality is packed into a 2 1/2' x 4 1/2' island.

With so much furniture and cabinetry in a relatively small space, we decided to keep the finishes mainly light and airy. Pale wood cabinets set against soft blue-green shades create a restful ambiance. The watery tone of the glass subway tiles has been carried onto the walls, and is echoed in the frosted glass used for tabletop and door inserts. Stainless steel mosaic tiles accent the backsplash and tie in with the stainless steel appliances. Minimalist modern glass pendants highlight the island.

To keep it all from being too bland, we added some drama with countertops in bold granite -- deep teal flecked with gold - and dark frames for the breakfast table and chairs.

The Result:
Although this is a busy, hard-working kitchen in a small space, it projects a mood of serenity.

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