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A cramped galley kitchen is opened up and transformed into the centerpiece for casual living and outdoor entertaining.

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  • Open the kitchen to maximize visual and physical connections between kitchen, new family room, and outdoor areas
  • Increase natural light in the kitchen
  • Add counter space and storage


To bring a more contemporary feel to their home, the owners of this 1967 midcentury modern wanted an extensive remodel. The anchor of the renovation was creating a new family room from a covered outdoor area and removing walls and reorienting the original kitchen to create a great room with abundant light and a strong connection to the outdoors.

The new 888-square-foot great room delivers, with clerestory windows set above full-height glass doors that open to a pool and deck area for easy entertaining.

Architect David Montalba overhauled the original galley kitchen to create a new space with two islands, each with abundant drawer storage and one with a seating area. The islands are flanked on three sides by appliances and storage.

A casual dining area separates the kitchen from the adjacent family room, but the concrete floor and matching walnut cabinetry maintain the visual connection. Restructuring the roof allowed for a higher kitchen ceiling, now fitted with a large skylight.

Judges’ Comments

The judges praised how this “compelling” remodel, with the kitchen as its “anchor,” engages the living spaces and has helped transform the entire house. —Nina Patel, senior editor, REMODELING.

Spec List

Countertops: Caesarstone

Flooring: PatCraft Designweave

HVAC: Heatmasters

Paints/stains: Benjamin Moore EcoSpec