Photo: Margot Hartford; Designer: Michael Connell Architect

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In this kitchen, architect Michael Connell used standard overhead cabinets--typically 12 inches deep--below the counter in some areas instead of standard floor cabinets, which are usually 24 inches deep. This allowed him to fit in a dining peninsula and a shallow storage area without taking space away from circulation and seating. Storage needs dictated a row of cabinets stretching between the living room and the kitchen. Connell put glass doors on both sides of the cabinets, allowing the space to remain visually open.