The Galley Kitchen is now sleek and modern. It used to be that the words “galley kitchen” conjured up visions of a small, dark, narrow ship galley, or a tiny cramped apartment kitchen. But now the galley kitchen has become a favorite design in contemporary homes. The layout is typically characterized by parallel countertops that have a walking area in between. The use of mixed elements such as wood, stainless, and interesting countertop surfaces make these two kitchens by Sandy Spring Builders an updated twist on an old fashioned design.