This basically U-shape layout combines galley efficiency and intimacy with the openness of contemporary plans.
One hardworking wall holds the refrigerator, cooktop, and a wall oven, as well as a pass-through to the adjacent family room -- a handy feature when entertaining or serving snacks at family gatherings.
The sink shares a second wall with the dishwasher, forming a convenient cleanup zone.
A two-level island completes the 13x18 kitchen, providing prep space for the cook and an eating/beverage bar for guests. From the island, the cook can see into the living and dining areas thus staying part of the action.
Continued on page 9: Simple Efficiency