Architecture often dictates the shape of the kitchen. In this case, the owners wanted to preserve their 18th-century home's massive fireplace, so they created a 35x26 combined kitchen and dining area that flows around the two-sided hearth and adjoins the living room.
The working kitchen is an L-shape perimeter augmented by a small island. The refrigerator, dishwasher, sink, and range sit in the long leg of the L, while the short leg offers unbroken counter space. The island, next to the fireplace, offers additional work space and storage. Traffic between the kitchen and dining area flows naturally around the fireplace.
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