A U-shape layout often opens to an eating area or a family room, but in this 21x13 kitchen, the U faces an impressive wall of storage. The U features the range on one wall, the refrigerator and wall ovens on another, and the sink and dishwasher set beneath a large window.
A narrow table in the middle doubles a slender island, offering seating for two and acting as a way station between the perimeter zones. The storage wall features floor-to-ceiling pantry cabinetry and shelves for cookbooks and office/desk equipment.
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