This family home was built in the early 1900’s and had many original architectural elements. They added a new family room at the back of the house in previous years and now they needed a new, more functional kitchen. But the first thing they told me was “don’t even think about removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room”. Yet they wanted a cooktop, wall ovens, large fridge, plenty of storage and seating for 4 inside this tiny kitchen. I sketched out several layouts that achieved the criteria but there were drawbacks to each due to lack of space. The dining room was very large and mostly unused, so I designed another layout showing the potential. While it did add some extra expense to the budget (the wall was load bearing) it was well worth it. We also moved the kitchen window to allow space for the fridge and range top on that wall. Now the kitchen lives large, open to the family room and dining room and blends with the style of the home beautifully. Special features are the Delicatus granite tops and backsplash, raised bar top surround on the island and matching cabinetry in the family room tv/fireplace area.