The first matter was functionality: transforming the small, closed-off layout. They restructured a wall, removed the soffits and got rid of the peninsula. Expanded and opened up, the L-shaped space now allowed space for building a large and spacious kitchen island.
Fondly dubbed the “mega-island,” the giant 5-foot by 9-foot butcher-block top provides a breathtaking stage for the drama of everyday family life. With seating space for six, the island is the place where the entire family can sit, eat and come together.
“They wanted it to be a gathering space,” Lunde said. “Now, she has a workspace where her three kids can do homework while she’s cooking, baking, or whatever it is.”
“We designed the island to serve as our nightly meal space,” Rachel explained. “It was important to me to have a kind of U-shape so we could face each other while we eat.”
In addition to supporting the family’s daily meals, the kitchen is also ideal for entertaining. They’ve had friends over for dinner more frequently and comfortably than ever before.
Plus, it “just makes after-dinner cleanup just feel easier.”