Diary of a kitchen makeover

See how two homeowners turned a dark, cramped space into a party-friendly gem

kitchen diary before overview
Thomas J. Story

Before: Time for an upgrade

By Peter O. Whiteley

Shortly after moving into our hillside 1,400-square-foot 1950s tract home, my wife, Beth, and I decided to remodel.

The 12- by 13-foot kitchen was largely walled off from the adjacent dining room, which enjoyed a view of the San Francisco Bay.

Our goals were to open the spaces to each other and to turn the kitchen into a warm and elegant entertaining area. And we wanted to do all of this without adding on.

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