Magazine article Sunset

This Big, Open Kitchen Replaced a 1932 One: Small, Dark, Crowded

Magazine article Sunset

This Big, Open Kitchen Replaced a 1932 One: Small, Dark, Crowded

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This big, open kitchen replaced a 1932 one: small, dark, crowded

It was 1932 when Shirley and Robert Ludeman's clapboard-and-stucco house in Portland was built. Its rooms were generously sized and pleasant--all except the small, dark, crowded kitchen. The Ludemans wanted a bigger, better, more hospitable kitchen with access to outdoor living space. Designer Don Betker worked with them to achieve a livable kitchen--yet one in keeping with the fine old house--that opens onto a new deck.

To enlarge the available space, Betker removed the laundry room and pantry partitions. Two double-hung windows now let light stream in above a breakfast table; flanking corner bookcases hold cook books. The back door was relocated to the breakfast room; double doors with glass panels lead to the deck.

An island with built-in cooktop directs traffic; family members can raid the refrigerator without bothering a busy cook. Counters at 36-inch height wrap around three sides of the kitchen. Next to one sink, a dropped section of counter with a maple top makes it easy to knead bread or roll out pastry. …

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