Magazine article Sunset

Kitchen Update: A Small Addition Makes an Old House Fit a Young Family's Lifestyle

Magazine article Sunset

Kitchen Update: A Small Addition Makes an Old House Fit a Young Family's Lifestyle

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ADD A LITTLE, GAIN A LOT. That's the lesson Monica and David Stephenson learned when they made a small addition to the cramped galley kitchen in their Seattle home. Somewhere along the line, the kitchen had been poorly remodeled and "had no relationship to the rest of the house or backyard," Monica recalls. It simply didn't work for the bustle of daily life with 2-year-old daughter Sophia, infant daughter Annabel, and two big Akitas.

Although the couple yearned for an updated kitchen with more space, they wanted it to fit the style of their 1918 Craftsman bungalow. Also on their list: a breakfast area with a backyard view, a home office, storage space, and a more generous back porch where muddy boots and paws could be cleaned. The challenge was to fit all that into an expansion of only 8 feet to the rear and 18 inches to the side. "We agonized over the cost of that 18 inches, but it was so worth it," Monica says. It visually widens the center of the kitchen and eliminates the galley feel with a curved counter that insets the farm-style sink.

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Office and breakfast nooks added to the rear of the room flank the door to the new porch. …

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