Architect Natalie Dionne says the layout of this renovated kitchen was determined by an existing window to a side alley and the narrow shape of the space available. Although this allowed for a long island, there was not enough width for cupboards on

Architect Natalie Dionne says the layout of this renovated kitchen was determined by an existing window to a side alley and the narrow shape of the space available. Although this allowed for a long island, there was not enough width for cupboards on both sides of the island to run for the full length. Instead, the island steps in at the black box end to form a casual seating area. The oak bench seat can slide under the countertop when not in use, to give a greater sense of space.