This up-to-date kitchen was transformed by removing a wall to the dining room and creating one, large space into which the formal dining table was incorporated. The two spaces were further unified with a subtle tile flooring that would not conflict with the dark hardwood flooring throughout the rest of the home. To increase functionality and bring in more natural light, two windows were removed from the nook, creating wall space for the refrigerator, while 2 new windows were added along the stove wall, establishing symmetry and allowing the flow of light into the room. With the wall gone and the space enlarged, an attractive work island was added with 3 stools for casual dining and conversation. A large apron sink and expanded counter offer pleasant and practical elements to the sink wall. Above the 48″ range, a substantial hood with solid, square lines becomes a grounding focal point for the entire room.