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Opening Up a Galley Kitchen – Part 3


Galley Kitchen Opened Up to Dining & Family Rooms

Rendering of a Galley Kitchen Opened Up to Dining & Family Rooms

This is the 3rd article about taking an isolated galley kitchen in an older home and making it the center of today’s activities. In this 1940′s ranch home that backs onto Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC, the galley kitchen was adjacent to the dining room.  A poorly integrated, dark addition was added to the back of both.  All were isolated from each other with poor views into the beautiful park setting.  The image, above, is a rendering that was done during the design process.  At this writing, the home is still under construction.The original kitchen had adequate space — including adequate counter space — so we didn’t need to enlarge the kitchen.  Instead we removed the wall between the kitchen and dining room and reconfigured the kitchen:

  • Extended the kitchen onto former deck; enlarging the previous addition on piers
  • This extension added enough space for a carport beneath
  • Opened the Kitchen and Dining Room to the previous addition creating a great room
  • Enlarged the openings to the living room — thereby pulling that space into the “open” feel.
  • Added a custom banquette in the dining area that allows guests to sit at the extended bench or at a small eating counter at the end of the island.  It also allows for both a 6′ dining table as
    well as 3 leaves that extend the table to 12′ during holidays.
  • Large trees shade the site, so we added skylights to further the effect of being in the park.
  • All the living spaces now have incredible views of the park.
  • Added a new deck with access from the master bedroom as well as the great room
  • The additional square footage was minimal with tremendous impact.
  • The kitchen is in the same spot that it’s always been but it’s the center of activities.

Floor Plan After - With Kitchen Opened Up to Rest of House

Floor Plan After – With Kitchen Opened Up to Rest of House

Floor Plan Before - Isolated Kitchen

Floor Plan Before – Isolated Kitchen

This remodel certainly benefits from the proximity to the park and the ability to extend the house for a marginal cost (because of the old addition).  The same approach will work for any home with a similar configuration of kitchen and dining room.  Just imagine the family room being replaced by a patio and you can see that this approach is quite effective.Monday, we’ll examine another approach to making an original, isolated galley kitchen the center of the home.

Link to: 1st Article
Link to: 2nd Article

All images courtesy of Braitman Design/Build


About the Author


I'm the owner and principal of Braitman Design/Build. We remodel older homes within the urban and close-in suburban areas of Washington, DC. In addition to our full service Design/Build Practice We welcome small design projects and small home improvement projects. And consult with homeowners across the country who want to design and manage the remodeling process themselves. Finally, my work is informed by my experience as an exhibiting sculptor and designer. I truly work at the intersection of art, architecture and design. Please see for yourself the extraordinary result when architecture, design and art are seamless parts of the whole. Please also visit my sculpture website: www.jackiebraitman.com

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