Before & After: A Bold Kitchen Transformation

With no room for a dishwasher, cramped storage and a serious lack of food prep space, this kitchen was long overdue for a makeover. The new streamlined design integrates the kitchen and eating areas, provides miles of countertops, and plenty of cabinets to hide away clutter.

The homeowners worked with the Portland, Oregon-based design build firm Vanillawood to transform their small, dated kitchen. Knocking out a wall opened up the room and gave James and Kricken Yaker, the husband and wife team behind Vanillawood, an opportunity to reimagine the kitchen's layout. Gone is the cramped square box. In its place they installed a spacious galley-style kitchen, with a sink, new dishwasher and food prep area on one side and the stove on the other. This arrangement offers a better workflow and tons of valuable counter space. Extra windows allow natural light to spill into the formerly dark room.

The genius addition to this kitchen is the stair-stepped island that houses both the stove and a casual dining area. To seamlessly connect the cooking and eating areas of the island, the Yakers designed a custom Corian countertop with a waterfall edge on one side and a table on the other. The wide white table highlights the owner's vintage chairs, which were salvaged from the dining area's previous incarnation, and work perfectly in the new kitchen. Simple Ikea cabinets offer ample storage and the glass subway tiles from Ann Sacks on the back wall add a hint of color to the otherwise simple wood and white palette.

(Images: Ty Milford)