The homeowners of this 1940's Colonial wanted a fresh look to their kitchen with storage right at hand rather than scattered in various closets, as well as creating a more functional first-floor. By removing a breakfast bar peninsula, we opened the kitchen to the adjoining dining room. Just this simple update dramatically enhanced the space and made room for a center island where we relocated the gas cooktop and small appliance storage to make for a centralized "command center". A new stackable washer and dryer in the laundry/mudroom made way for additional storage, while taking over a pantry next to the first-floor half bath, allowed us to add a walk-in shower as an aging in place consideration. Beautiful decorative floor tile in the bath and laundry round out the sophistication, and new hardwood in the kitchen blends with flooring throughout the rest of this lovely home.