Most potential buyers looked at this house and its poorly remodeled kitchen ― a typical galley, cut off from the garden ― and saw big headaches. John Jennings and Sasha Tarnopolsky saw design freedom.
Budget contraints helped Jennings, a designer, and Tarnopolsky, a landscape architect, decide against a significant expansion. They concentrated on ways to make the kitchen seem bigger, from opening up the walls to working within a simplified material palette.
Two decisions were key: replacing a window at one end of the galley-like space with a glass Dutch door and wrapping three sides of the room with a counter.
The counter passes in front of the Dutch door, becoming a breakfast bar; light coming through the door washes the floor and walls.
Retro metro A simple palette of sage green cabinetry, black counters, stainless fixtures, and warm wood trim creates a unified look
Wrap-around counter The continuous counter makes a perfect spot for display and casual meals
Design John Jennings and Sasha Tarnopolsky, Dry Design, Los Angeles (www.drydesign.com or 323/954-9084, ext. 21)
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