The kitchen in this quirky 1950s ranch serves as the main hub of activity for this family of four. From meal preparation for the family (including the family dogs) to a homework/work station, the renovated kitchen needed to be highly functional with a fresh, clean look that would allow the homeowners to maximize storage in a small space. Doorways were relocated to allow for larger expanses of countertop and better flow from the kitchen to the adjoining pantry and dining room. Cabinet drawers, a drawer microwave and wall ovens keep counters clear and maximize workspace. An extra-deep, raised bar counter allows plenty of room for the family computer and a work area while a charging station for cell phones, ipods and other electronics helps the family stay â€œconnected.â€ In the pantry, the four-legged family members had their own space which included a large pull-out cabinet for dog food storage and a separate sink for cleaning and filling water bowls. New cabinets and a second refrigerator also allowed for extra storage.