The awkward appliance layout prevented two people from working at the same time, plus the range was located too close to a wall. There was inadequate counter space and storage. The clients described the area beyond the arch as a "wasteland". The cabinets were too short.
Without changing the footprint of the 180 square foot space (117 SF kitchen + 63 SF dining/pantry) or changing any windows, the appliances were reconfigured so that none were directly across from each other. The arch was removed (not original to the house) and the opening widened to create a better connection to the eating area where a tall food pantry cabinet with roll-out shelves and a broom closet were added. The long uninterrupted countertops provide plenty of space for food prep and cleanup.
We're calling the style of this kitchen for the two artist activist clients "Progressive Farmhouse Kitchen". The rustic wood-grain-look porcelain floor tile had been successfully already used by 2 family members and works so well in this kitchen too. The taller grayish white Shaker style cabinets continue to the ceiling and add another interior shelf. White marble-look engineered stone and white subway backsplash tile lighten and brighten. The green accent tile above the range add a pop of color. The beautiful hand carved cutting board was a wedding gift. And this kitchen would not be complete without a Ruth Bader Ginsberg (aka Notorious RBG) action figure.