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A galley-licious kitchen redo

Sanfranciscogalleykitchen_2I do some writing for a Better Homes & Gardens magazine and when I present my editor with a great remodel in a galley kitchen she tells me they can’t use galley kitchens because they are too difficult to photograph.

And I’m like, well most people have galley kitchens. And she’s like, we still can’t feature them.

So it was with some delight that I came across this galley kitchen remodel in the San Francisco Chronicle. It was executed by interior designer Brian Dittmar in his own Bay Area home.

The challenge with most of our kitchens, mine included, is that we can’t make them bigger, so we have to use the space we have. Here’s what I think makes this project so appealing:

The new cabinets at the end. Moving the refrigerator from the rear of the kitchen to the front (see it on the left side?) allowed room for those cabinets on the rear wall, which now makes this a U-shaped kitchen.

Lighting above the upper cabinets. This draws your eye up toward the ceiling and gives the sense of a much larger space.

Wraparound counter. By continuing the counter around the corner in a cool curved shape, the designer created a small eating area where none existed before.

I saw this done on a smaller level in a Los Angeles condo. Click here and look on the right side of the photo to see a little wraparound counter with two stools.

Light-colored cabinets. Even if you love dark woods, they can feel stifling in a smaller room. The light cabinets really open up the space.

Yes, it’s still a small kitchen, but the new version is quite handsome. It does look a little narrow, though, probably because of the camera angle. Hmm, I wonder if that editor is right and galley kitchens really are difficult to photograph.

What do you think? Does this kitchen work for you? Why or why not?

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(Photos: Brian Dittmar, San Francisco Chronicle)

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