By: Sharon Jaffe Dan
The owners of a 17-year-old Rockville home approached kitchen designer Hedy Shashaani to overhaul their large but inefficient kitchen. Down-draft ventilation on the island cooktop was not up to par for the wife, who loves to cook and entertain. She wanted more room to spread out on a larger island for both food preparation and serving, as well as more storage for her kitchenware and small appliances.
Shashaani increased the kitchen’s work area by reducing the size of its “humongous” walk-in pantry. “It was roughly six by eight feet,” she recalls. “Making it smaller allowed us to move a doorway going into the dining room, shift the refrigerator to its current spot and improve the functionality of the kitchen big time.”
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