Kitchen Redo: Bright Ideas

A California family moves from plans to pancakes in four months flat with this colorful kitchen. By Susan Heeger

What Makes This A Cook's Kitchen
Photo: Dave Lauridsen

What Makes This A Cook's Kitchen

It's flooded with light from windows, skylights, and recessed halogen ceiling squares that can be tipped in several directions. Under-cabinet fluorescents focus on work areas.

Counter space abounds, not only near the sink and stove but also across the room so prep cooks can stay clear of the busy chef. Every item has its place, from a 3-inch-wide, counter-deep cabinet for cutting boards to capacious, slide-out drawers for sauté pans. Shelving add-ons like a corner cupboard's lazy Susan keep stored tools in easy reach, while glass-fronted upper cabinets are top-hinged for quick access to dinnerware.

Side-by-side pantries hold canned goods, pasta, and spices, with extra overhead room for baking sheets and small appliances.

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