Removed WallsDufford Young Architects designed the plan to enlarge and open up the small kitchen by leveling the wall between it and an adjacent den as well as the wall (with a pass-through window) between the kitchen and dining room. A hidden steel beam framed into the ceiling joists eliminates the need for a load-bearing wall. With double the square footage, the kitchen now has enough space to accommodate a large central island (about 7 by 3½ feet), ample prep and storage space, and plenty of room for friends and family to congregate.
Before: A tight kitchen with dated materials, inadequate storage, and minimal lighting made serving a crowd difficult.
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