Anthony Wilder Design/Build, Inc.
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The Kitchen Ward

The client had been considering a kitchen renovation for many years. The old kitchen, small and cramped, made it very difficult for more than one person in this busy family to cook at a time and remain connected to their children while doing so. Holidays were especially frustrating with many cooks competing for space. The rarely used dining room became a clutter collection spot for mail and school projects. Its beautiful bay window and view went unnoticed.
The idea of opening the wall between the spaces was enticing, but the powder room sat between the rooms. Moving the powder room would be a challenge as the master bathroom was also over this space, so there were many pipes and wires running through the walls.

The new dining room needed to serve multiple purposes. The client works from home during the day so a high functioning work space was needed, but the space was too small for it to be separate. Therefore, we had to get creative. The dining area needed to act as an office space during the day, an informal dining room at night and a formal space for entertaining. A hidden office was designed by creating a closet with sliding door. When open, an expansive desk with storage and lighting is exposed. When closed, the doors reveal custom glass built-in shelving which houses the client’s impressive collection of glass and sculptures from their travels and friendship with local artists. With the beautifully lit collection exposed and the family paperwork tucked away, an atmosphere fit for entertaining is created.

The design and placement for the powder room was a challenge. Where to put the much needed space? It was discussed to install it in the foyer space, but there wasn’t enough room and it would have been more costly. Another switch was in order. Moving the powder room into the hallway was a perfect solution. Its placement defines the entry way, allowing for a beautiful art wall on axis with the front door, while allowing for a little privacy between the dining and family room space and the front door.
Project Year: 2015
Country: United States
Zip Code: 20817
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