With the help of a friend, local designer L. D. Burke, Madison then pieced together a new kitchen in the space. The layout, she says, was easy to figure out since the room was so small. Natural light is important to her, so she sacrificed a good deal of potential work and storage space in favor of a large set of floor-to-ceiling windows. To the right of those windows, under the old cabinets now used for holding glasses, plates, and cooking staples, are the dishwasher, the sink, and a small prep area. To the left are the refrigerator and an L-shaped peninsula, whose arm, fitted with a five-burner range, divides the kitchen from the eating area. An island wasn't an option, says Madison, because of the tight quarters. She also forsook additional upper cabinets and a ventilation hood in order to keep the room as open as possible; Madison dislikes cramped spaces.