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Kitchen Layouts: Before and After

November 25, 2014
Once cramped and closed-off spaces, these homeowners took down walls and created open floor plans.
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Before: Cramped and Dated

The hodgepodge layout and constricted flow of this before kitchen was pretty typical of mid- to late-20th-century houses, and the kitchen was cut off from the family room.  

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After: Free-Flowing

Designer Ellinor Ellefson of Elle Interiors drew up plans for a completely new kitchen layout, which is now open and flows directly into the family room, making the space perfect for the way so many of us entertain today. Photography by Trish van Housen  

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Before: Closed Off

The main goal for homeowners was to make this kitchen feel open. The original kitchen was walled off from the rest of the living space, which deterred them from enjoying the pretty outdoor views from the living room.  

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After: Taking Down Walls

To open up the space the homeowners removed two walls as well as pocket doors, which separated the kitchen from the living space.

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