The existing kitchen was a very small u-shape. We wanted to expand the kitchen and create more space, but were limited to the existing footprint. We tried several different island designs but it was just too tight. By changing the windows, making them larger, this allowed us to expand the kitchen into the informal eating space. We kept the peninsula but angled it, creating a much larger kitchen work area. Even with the range and hood on the peninsula, the kitchen has an open feeling. On the pantry wall there was an existing, large, floor to ceiling, heat duct that we wanted to cover. We put a pantry on one side, open bookshelves on the other, and a matching panel over the duct. The duct disappeared and they gained some great storage.