This new kitchen is hardly recognizable from the original footprint. Several construction elements were employed to enlarge the work area, creating freer access and enhancing the overall vista. To initiate the new footprint, removing the old peninsula allowed room for a large island which comfortably runs the length of the kitchen while comfortably seating 4 – with room to spare. The doorway to the adjacent dining room was significantly enlarged, making the kitchen, dining and family rooms more connected and free-flowing. At the end of the old counter. a window was raised to make space for extending the counter and cabinets. The new window size also significantly opened the view to the backyard. Against the window wall, a 36″ Wolf range takes center stage, accented by a wood-banded hood. Black framed windows and black lighting fixtures make a smart contrast against the glazed white subway tile, full-wall backsplash. At the end of the room, a paneled, built-in refrigerator further bolsters the new, clean look. At the Family Room end, a set of crisp, white built-ins and a simple wood mantle tie the entire space together.