Updating a galley kitchen

A pass-through (not shown) serves as a breakfast bar and looks out onto an intimate corner banquette for family dinners.

This intimate space is perfect for its owners, empty nesters who rarely cook large feasts.

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Light-colored cabinets, open shelving, and a large pass-through window make the galley open and airy.

To minimize problems with congestion when people are congregating or base-cabinets and appliances are open, the aisle should measure at least 4 to 6 feet wide, with the sink and refrigerator on one wall and the range on the opposite one.

The U-shaped layout of this kitchen offers an efficient work triangle for its owners, a couple with a penchant for cooking.

Wine cubbies above the window make use of often-overlooked space.

Here there is plenty of room to move around, and a peninsula off the end of the U-shaped layout creates an eat-in space.