Aug12-coverChildren could be the last consideration when undertaking a redo, but for Deidra Carson, making everything kid-friendly was key. In remodeling the kitchen of her Kentfield, California, home, that meant populating one side of the room with an undercounter beverage fridge stocked with milk boxes and juice drinks, lots of open shelving, and a deep drawer for dinnerware storage right alongside a dishwasher. “That way the kids can load it and unload it too,” says this working mother of six.

Shown: Distinct work areas, dual dishwashers, and easy-access storage make a better fit for homeowner Deidra Carson, here with three of her six kids and her partner, Chris Barry.

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