Expanding a Small Kitchen

See how clever design -- not square footage -- expands this small kitchen.

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This kitchen lacked counter space, making it a difficult area for cooking and entertaining.

By: Point Click Home Dot Com

From: Point Click Home Dot Com

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Written by Jeannie Matteuci
Photographed by Gridley and Graves

George was not happy with the floral wallpaper, builders-grade cabinets and standard appliances that came with the kitchen. The room also lacked sufficient counter space, making it a difficult area for cooking and entertaining.

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Photographed by Gridley and Graves

George set out to create a spacious, contemporary kitchen with lots of cabinets and counter space. He decided to run the cabinets all the way to the ceiling to make the space seem larger.

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Photographed by Gridley and Graves

By removing the large pantry that took up an entire wall, George was able to incorporate a new breakfast area. "It's next to a window that faces east, which makes it the perfect spot for having coffee in the morning," says George.

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Photographed by Gridley and Graves

The large pass-through from the kitchen to the dining room not only makes it easier to interact with guests, it also visually expands the room. George also chose to build the wine rack into the upper cabinet area to break up the line of cabinets. Wine glasses and the corkscrew are stored nearby.

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Knives stored on a magnetic board keep them easily accessible but out of the way. Photographed by Gridley and Graves

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A pull-out trash can concealed in a cabinet to the right of the oven frees up floor space and keeps unwanted odors under control. Photographed by Gridley and Graves

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A handy pull-out pantry to the left of the oven provides much needed storage for a variety of dry food favorites. "It's so nice for organizing your spices," says George. Photographed by Gridley and Graves

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Island Style: Yorktowne's stand-alone butcher-block island comes fully assembled with a 3-inch chopping block. Starting at $1,200. 800-777-0065; www.yorktownecabinetry.com.

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Waste Not: The Simplehuman 8-gallon undercounter pull-out can holds standard liners. $50. 888-988-8880; www.simplehuman.com.

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