In 2000 Brett and Jill White moved into their Winfield, Illinois, two-level brick home about a year after it was built. They never quite felt at home with the traditional style of the home, located on a scenic site along a golf course. “We’re in the burbs of Chicago, but our style is more the lofts of downtown Chicago,” Jill says. Recently they undertook a major update, paying special attention to opening up the cramped kitchen. “We hold a lot of parties, and it never worked,” she says. Working with kitchen designer Susan Klimala, the couple came up with a more efficient layout and a fresh look, with bamboo cabinets, a new glass wall system that makes the kitchen feel more spacious and a multifunctional island with a versatile sink. The kitchen now allows them to entertain, enjoy views and spend time together.
Kitchen at a Glance
Who lives here: Brett and Jill White and their daughter Addison (age 7)
Location: Winfield, Illinois
Size: About 250 square feet (23 square meters)
The previous U-shaped kitchen had light maple cabinets, a red oak floor and a small, cramped center island with a cooktop.
The kitchen’s broken-up layout made the room difficult to navigate when more than person worked in the space.