Before: Kitchen Feb 2004. The existing kitchen had multiple problems. The enormous stove built into a cove was cute but silly, with no space either side for prep, and it took up far too much room. The oversized peninsula was impractically large (9'x5.5'), probably enlarged because the builder got a great deal on that slab of very ugly granite; its size meant that the island in the original kitchen plans got axed, making the interior work triangle (sink-refrigerator-stove) much too large. There was very little storage space and almost no prep space. The cabinets were builder-grade, and the uppers were hung at 21" high, making most of the upper storage space unusable for me. Lighting was insufficient and cheap, and in some cases ugly, like the two white plastic outlets visible under the peninsula here. The appliances were a mix of high-end and discount pieces that the builder probably got a good deal on. I bought the house already planning to gut the kitchen.