Kitchen Redo: Family Fun and Function
A budget-savvy stay-at-home mom creates a comfy, casual kitchen that's truly the heart of her home. By: Susan Heeger
Shawn, her husband, George III, and their son, George IV (known as G-4), had only lived in the house a year before the storm hit—long enough to know what worked and what didn't. Finished in five months, the kitchen rose on the footprint of the old, with an island sink facing the stove, arm's length from the dishwasher and a few steps from the fridge. A lounge where "the Georges" hang out occupies the other end of the room. G-4 has learned his way around the kitchen, too, starting with scrambled eggs and fruit smoothies. "It's great cooking together," says Shawn. "This kitchen makes it practical and fun!"
A center island with stools invites guests to help prep food at a safe distance from the cook, while a combo of recessed and pendant lighting illuminates every surface. Dark cabinetry beneath the sink hides spills, and a freestanding trash container makes for easy cleaning.
Best of all, the sunny room includes comfortable living and dining space for family togetherness before, during, and after mealtimes.