A large, San Clemente kitchen and family room were transformed with minimal changes to the existing footprint. This kitchen features casual seating, both at the sink counter and at the island, which was enlarged and reconfigured for dining. The sink counter, originally bar height, was flushed to counter height for comfortable dining and an improved vista into the room. The cook top, originally situated on the angled wall, was moved to the long wall for additional prep space and to serve as a focal point. The refrigerator, placed on the angled wall, completes the convenient access. A dated soffit was removed and cabinets built to the ceiling, employing lighted transom cabinets to highlight the wall. A hidden butler pantry was opened up to the dining/living area, creating a natural flow between the two spaces. A gorgeous backsplash, extra thick counters and a contemporary color palette completes this elegantly designed kitchen.