Kitchen of the Week: Zones Work Best for This Busy Family (16 photos)

Layout Strategy and Architectural Changes

Replacing the wall between the dining room and the kitchen with a peninsula was the most impactful change. This allows the kitchen to enjoy light from adjacent rooms, makes the family feel more connected, creates a buffet serving space for the dining room and provides a breakfast bar that is out of the cook’s way.

Back to that morning chaos — the old kitchen was most dysfunctional at breakfast time. “They were always in a hurry and in each other’s way in here,” Spinosi says. They needed her help to figure out how they could be microwaving, toasting, making a smoothie or coffee and cleaning up after themselves without bumping into one another. This tipped her off: Instead of a work triangle, they needed a zoned layout.

The peninsula provides an eat-in area and prep space. The area to the right is the cooking and small appliance zone. The hutch-like cabinet in the center of the back wall is where they grab china; it makes for a pretty view from the dining room. To the left of that is the beverage and food station, which includes the refrigerator, coffee station, microwave and wine fridge. There’s also a wide path from the dining room to the beverage zone — this keeps traffic away from the prep, cooking and cleanup stations.

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