Q: Our kitchen and (former) pantry were made into one open-plan room in the 1970s. When do you return to the original floor plan, and when do you leave the remodeling alone? —Joyce E. Boyd, via webinar
A: Should you go back to the kitchen-plus-separate-pantry configuration? Here’s my thought process:
You inherited this change, and it’s not obligatory to go back to the original. Furthermore, the 1970s owner may have had a good reason: say, the kitchen was too small for a dishwasher, the pantry blocked access to the backyard, extensive rot needed repair, etc. And the current plan may be working fine for you.
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