Updating a galley kitchen

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Sharyn, on the other hand, required a little convincing.She'd been drawn to the house because it was on a desirable lot on a desirable street in Easton, Connecticut, easy distance from Jim's job at a marketing and communications firm.The galley kitchen is perhaps the most efficient of all kitchens when it comes to the original and primary use of the kitchen: cooking.After all, this layout takes its name from the galley, or kitchen, of a ship or airplane.

"It needed a lot of work, but everything was in great shape,” he recalls, without irony.

” says Jim Zembruski, recalling the first time he and his wife, Sharyn, took a close look at their 1938 Colonial Revival.

Nothing terrible had been done to the house, last inhabited by a 99-year-old woman whose parents were its first owners.

It was a bit of a comedown after the sprawling, newly built house nearby where they'd raised their kids.

As if to argue its case, the house came with its 1938 hand-lettered blueprints, complete with drawings of built-ins to hold linens, tableware, books, and collectibles.

"From a functionality perspective, most kitchens in restaurants are galley kitchens," says Duncan Firth, chef de cuisine at Barona Resort & Casino in San Diego. The galley layout doesn't have room for a dining area, and it limits interaction with guests and with family, which can make a home cook feel like "you're trotting out the plate like you're catering," says Firth.

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