DIY kitchen remodel The owners of htis 1,400-square-foot tract home transformed a cramped cooking space into this warm, open kitchen, perfect for entertaining. The top of the island is a 3- by 5-foot chopping block of sustainably harvested Oregon madrone from a supply store in Portland. They stained the maple base red, then painted it black and sanded to reveal the color underneath. See more photos from this kitchen remodel
An updated classic A sensitive 2007 update by local architect Carmen Pauli and owners Jora and Bryan Vess kept the essential character of the 3,178-square-foot residence while incorporating modern eco-friendly materials, including Brazilian teak floors and ipe wood decking. Photography by Thomas J. Story, article by Nan Sterman. Secret Design Studio knows mid-century modern architecture. www.secretdesignstudio.com
Kitchen bar A gap in the L-shaped counter (to the right of the chairs here) created better flow from this family kitchen to the breakfast nook, and out to the garden. Now the L is a multi-purpose island with a raised bar counter. Seating could be added to a narrow kitchen peninsula (space allowing) by adding a separate ledge like this.