Slideshow: An Open Kitchen with Well-Defined Zones

The front entry allows sightlines clear to the back of the house, with the main kitchen island steps away from the front door.

One side of the island is curved; which draws traffic into the kitchen while diverting it from the cooks space. There's a four-foot space between the wall ovens and the island--close enough for a landing with a shot dish; and big enough for two cooks.

Perpendicular to the big island is a prep and cleanup island with a dishwasher, storage, and seating on the other side.

The dining table is positioned along the 40-foot glass wall that helps this house take advantage of its great parkland views. Windows are low-e.

From the cook's spot at the main island are views directly into the living room.

Before the house was renovated, living spaces were closed off from the rest of the house. Now, there's flow throughout.

The before and after plans show how a 10 x 40 addition on the back of the house drove the remodel and opens up the traditional center-hall plan.

The open kitchen is divided into distinct zones: 1/ Main prep zone; 2/ Secondary cooking and cleanup spot 3/ A desk for homework or paying bills; 4/ Breakfast spot; 5/ The "machine zone," for wall ovens, fridge, and storage.

The center-plan colonial, a cooky-cutter home from the 1980s, was enlivened by the design team. The front door and fan window were removed and the brick was filled in. Replacing the front door are more amply sized contemporary-looking doors that admit more light in.

The entryway, before

The living room, before

The kitchen, before

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