We transformed Jessica and Nick’s cramped, dark, and inefficient kitchen into a welcoming, cheerful, and modern space. After gutting the kitchen, we created an eating counter adjacent to the cooking area for quick and easy service, and opposite, claimed an unused corner for the refrigerator and pantry, more than tripling the kitchen’s previous storage. There’s now an organizing hub for incoming mail, the phone, and cookbooks, and the unseasoned back porch is now a cheery mudroom and entry. Guests swear we made the space larger.