Modern-Country Kitchen Renovation

Moving full-time to a weekend house let a California couple take a fresh crack at an old kitchen.

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What Makes This a Cook's Kitchen?
Photo: Dave Lauridsen

What Makes This a Cook's Kitchen?

Although Kelley's old kitchen had its flaws, its triangular grouping of fridge, sink, and stove, all just steps apart, was so convenient that she placed the new appliances in the same spots. Kelley consulted Ojai's small-town network for contractor recommendations. She interviewed three, chose a cabinetmaker who specializes in kitchens, and sketched plans for him with a software program, floorplanner.com, that helps calculate spatial allotments and configurations. She designed the kitchen around an open plan, with the cooking area at one end and the dining spot at the other, an arrangement that gives her room to work while socializing with guests. Visually, the two areas are connected with shared materials such as Carrara marble-topped and alder-wood cabinets.

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