Kitchen Face-Lift Adds Personality

An airy open look and handy up-to-date features transformed this Ohio couple's compact kitchen—a runner-up in our recent contest.

Gail and Alan Abrams, Mayfield Village, Ohio

After Kitchen Photo

After Kitchen Photo

When they decided to remodel, Gail and Alan Abrams "opened up" their dated kitchen, adding a multipurpose work island and more storage—in particular, drawers galore!

Taken with the room's practical floor plan and fresh decor, our judges named it runner-up in the Remodeled Kitchen category of our Dream Kitchens Contest. They awarded the Abramses of Mayfield Village, Ohio a $150.00 prize.

"We built our home 26 years ago and raised our two children here," recalls Gail, now grandmother of six. "In 2003, we decided to remodel."

Before Photo

The Abramses began by removing a peninsula and opening up the wall between the kitchen and family room.

"This allowed more room for a dining area," Alan says. "We replaced a window in the dining area with an out-swing glass French double door to our deck.

"Also, we took out the window over the old sink and put in a narrow floor-to-ceiling window, which brings in plenty of natural light near the cooktop."