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Stealing space from the den for a new kitchen

Frank and Marianne Schmidt turned a too-small, poorly organized area into a kitchen with more counter and storage space than they can fill. "We have empty shelves and drawers," says Marianne, 63, a preschool teacher, of the remodel of their South Setauket Levitt house, which was overseen by designer Linda Wilmanski of Setauket Kitchen & Bath in East Setauket. Frank, 65, who took over culinary duties once he retired, says his favorite spot is the new peninsula, where the two share breakfast and take care of household chores. The makeover included taking about 2 feet from the den and adding sliding glass doors out to the back deck. Total: About $66,500 (Includes $1,270 for appliance installation, $4,150 for construction materials, $4,850 for electrical, $1,200 for plumbing and $6,000 for construction, all through Setauket Kitchen & Bath) -- Sylvia E. King-Cohen

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