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Your Home: Kitchens & Baths

Two easy pieces

A flexible, practical kitchen and 12-foot-long wet bar form the perfect setup for entertaining in this Newton home.

When Donna Venegas bought her 1960s-era house, the original kitchen was cramped, closed off from the rest of the home, painted bright yellow, and steeped in “Formica fabulousness,” says Venegas, who lives in Newton with her husband, Steve Kenniston. But that didn’t matter: The house was spacious and sited on a lovely treed lot, and Venegas, who runs the kitchen-design studio Venegas and Company in the Boston Design Center, had the know-how to fix the kitchen.

Since the couple are avid cooks and frequent hosts, the kitchen needed an easy flow. While the home is spacious, the kitchen itself was compact, so the first order of business was to remove a wall to create one larger cooking and dining area and to draw up plans for a small addition. Venegas worked closely with Boston-based architect H.P. Rovinelli to design a 300-square-foot addition that would provide family room space. Extending off the back of the house, the addition is peppered with expanses of glass that let in the sun and offer wooded views. “The result is a wide-open first floor where we spend all of our time,” says Venegas.

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