The kitchen, originally dark and isolated from the dining and living rooms, is now the heart of the house. Interior walls around the kitchen were removed to take advantage of views and light and to integrate it with adjacent spaces. A large island cabinet was designed as a practical workspace and social gathering spot with seating on one side. A wood clad panel hovers over the island and part of the dining engaging both spaces and adding texture and color while hiding unsightly existing ceiling structure. A large sliding door was added for easy access to the deck and to bring in natural light.