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This wall between the kitchen and the family room had been an exterior wall in the house's original design. The family room was added later on (before this kitchen remodel), and the brick was furred out and drywalled.
Great Rooms' Heath Siebert and his team realized that this once-brick wall would add a unique textural element, so they restored it and added arches and pillars.
Cabinetry: Monarch; backsplash: white crackle tile, Chadwicks; countertop: Brazilian soapstone; flooring: refinished red oak hardwood; sink: Rohl Shaws Apron; faucet: Franke Triflow
To connect the kitchen with the living space, Siebert and his team removed the drywall, framing and old brick from the previous wall. They cleaned the brick and used it with a few matching new bricks to create the new wall and pillars.
The soapstone countertop was pulled out through the largest arch for a casual eat-in bar.
A window at the far end of the kitchen and an open doorway to the rest of the home keeps the space casual, connected and filled with natural light. "Before we started the project, the brick wall was simply a doorway from the family room to the kitchen," says Siebert. "The homeowner never realized that this could be opened up and that we could use an exterior element with interior elements seamlessly."
Refrigerator: Sub-Zero; dishwasher: Bosch
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