There’s no question about it: Designing or remodeling a kitchen can be the toughest, most complicated, and costliest home project you’ll ever encounter. Happily, it can also turn out to be the most rewarding.
In our first-ever comprehensive kitchen issue, we’ve done the heavy lifting for you by finding real-life examples of near-perfect rooms. These five Greater Boston kitchens represent a broad range of styles, finishes, and layouts. We annotate them down to the smallest detail—from cabinets to appliances to countertops—and pinpoint their smart design elements and problem-solving ideas. Read on for how to take your own kitchen from so-so to superb.