Adding a capacious walk-in pantry has become de rigeur in kitchen renovations. Ken Schaefer’s clients, however, removed the pantry from their Arlington kitchen. “Getting rid of the pantry increased floor space, allowing us to build a center island,” the owner of Right Angle Kitchens & Design says. “Without demolishing it, we could have only fit a peninsula.” The maneuver also exposed the window at the end of the island, bringing in much needed sunlight. To compensate for lost storage, tower cabinets beside the fridge house food in one half and cleaning supplies in the other.
1 The homeowners chose Vermont Verde Antique stone for the countertops, a rich green material with light green and white veining. “They liked the idea of a traditional, dark counter given the age of the house,” Schaefer says. “They wanted the kitchen to feel like it had been around for a while.”