Although a pass-through was once a popular feature in the kitchen, today the small hole-in-the-wall tends to look old-fashioned.
Used to hand dishes in and out of the kitchen, the pass-through (also called a serving hatch) belongs to an era when kitchens were more closed-off, utilitarian, and used almost exclusively for cooking.
But in modern kitchens, where everyone gathers together and cooking, serving, and eating all happen in the same place, the small serving hatch often feels incongruous and outdated.
That’s how Iowa homeowner Amber felt when she decided to open up and modernize her space, starting by removing the kitchen pass-through. While planning the kitchen remodel, Amber had the idea to remove the pass-through and remove the upper cabinets, leaving a real kitchen peninsula: