Architect Ken Pursley converted an exterior porch in this North Carolina home into a family-worthy kitchen. "The original kitchen was off in a cul-de-sac, but kitchens should not be dead-end spaces," he says. "They should have at least two doorways, so they're part of the circular flow of the house. These old center-hall houses often present the same problem — living room, dining room, cramped kitchen. No room for the family."
All of the Jenn-Air appliances, including the washer and dryer, are electric, as the owners asked the city to cut the gas line to the house. The kitchen cabinetry is from Ikea and features custom matte gray doors and Silestone countertops. The floorboards are reclaimed maple from an old tire factory, sanded and stained gray.
An Asian-informed stool with a modern aesthetic, Keating's simple A-frame is crafted of smooth birch wood and braced by a sturdy box stretcher. The comfortably curved seat is wrapped in hand-woven synthetic leather strapping and features handles on either side. So you can grab one fast.
The servery: Family members gravitate to the indoor/outdoor servery for snacks and chats. Industrial stools from [Mocka](http://www.mocka.com.au/?utm_campaign=supplier/|target="_blank").: [object Object]
$199, bit pricey. Do I like this look? Pier 1, The classic schoolhouse chair grows up—literally. Solid hardwood frame features a contoured seat and adult-height ladderback with two wide rails for lumbar support. Sturdy box stretcher provides grown-up stability, too.