JKA Design LLC
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Matsushima traditional-kitchen


A gift of love from her husband.
Ms. Matsushima was a diminutive and caring Japanese woman who wanted nothing more in life than to feed her family. The original kitchen was far to small and inadequate for her extensive skills and needs. The family came to us for expansion and improvement. We created the cathedral ceiling space seen here and extended slightly beyond the original back wall. This extension opened up the space and gave it character and a place for two islands with varying height, sit at counter-tops. Due to Ms. Matsushima's height challenge, we needed to lower some of the tops to improve her ability to create the food and work ergonomically. Although some of the components did not lend themselves to dropping (think dishwasher etc.) we were able to use this to advantage and weave the many counter heights into a pleasing design. Glass block was used as a private light source and as part of the rear wall design. Many components of the kitchen vary in surface and color as an extension of the design weaving.
Don Murray Photography

What Houzzers are commenting on:

burnett75 added this to Flagstaff House
October 15, 2013
anna0522 added this to Kitchen Ideas
June 21, 2013
dark cabinets, pulls you like
sherrykleiter added this to remodel
June 19, 2013
jessalyse91 added this to Kitchen
March 27, 2013
Love this island.
Amy Dornbach added this to Bathroom Upstairs
March 16, 2013
black laquer cabinet amongst the other wood... do not like the granite counter tops.
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