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Main Level Remodel

This property was purchased by a lovely empty nester couple that was looking for a home that offered primarily one level living. This late 1950’s rambler was outdated with sight line issues and included a claustrophobic kitchen that was separated from the main dining room. One of the challenges we encountered was figuring out a way to create an open floor plan with good sight lines while removing the structural obstacles including a supporting wall and a stand alone island that was too large for the size of the kitchen. In addition, we needed to add cabinets which would allow the kitchen to remain functional, open. We had a fairly small kitchen footprint and 8 ft. ceilings, which meant we had to be very strategic with our takeaways and additions to room.

To remove the load bearing wall and open up the kitchen to the dining room, we cut the roof trusses and installed a beam flush with the ceiling. The two structural posts were designed into the cabinet façade to appear as a design element as opposed to a structural element. We designed short upper cabinets with glass against the 8 ft. ceiling to achieve the sight lines and open feeling the homeowners desired. New custom built cabinets were installed and finished with a custom oil rubbed glaze. A glass tiled backsplash, granite countertops, and Brazilian Cherry flooring upgraded this dated space into the modern upscale look the designer envisioned. We also removed the center island and added a smaller “floating” island on wheels that made the kitchen space more open and functional.

Once the partition walls came down, the owners saw the designer's vision as a spacious, flowing floor plan centered on an elegant kitchen with a quaint lounging area flanked by a functional family room, living room, and dining room. By creating a functional design within the original exterior walls this allowed our client the ability to add detailed finishes and upgrade materials and still within their original budget.

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October 17, 2013
eliza_d wrote:
What paint treatment did you use on these 8' ceilings? Beautiful!! - Great use of paint to give illusion of ceilings higher than 8'!! Fantastic remodel!
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We used wood mouldings with metalic faux paint between. Thanks!
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September 9, 2012
ruschm wrote:
Who makes the furniture?
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Not sure. This project was done a while ago and it was the homeowners furniture
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February 12, 2013
soniasmc wrote:
what kind of wood floors are those? Thank you
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February 3, 2013
soniasmc wrote:
Who is the manufacture or company for the floors?
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November 27, 2012
mlieb wrote:
What is the paint color
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October 22, 2012
housedesignideas wrote:
Who is the manufacturer of the sconces?
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