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In the kitchen, to fulfill the homeowners' request for a larger, brighter, more transitional space, we incorporated a breakfast area and removed the cabinetry separating the kitchen from the eating area. We replaced it with a wide open space utilizing a new box bay window over the kitchen sink and new floor-to-ceiling windows and doors in the eating area.
DESIGN L A B Will This Place Ever Feel Like Home? By Michael Menn AIA, CGR, CAPS T he highest compliment • Open the house. In houses a remodeler can receive built in the ’70s, the kitchen was is when a competitor frequently closed off. The client recommends him. We recently wanted the kitchen to be integrated completed a project where a local into the flow of the home. builder, and the best friend of the • Make the kitchen more conducive client, recommended us. The cli- to entertaining. ent, a couple with four children • Brighten the house. Specifically, Before aged 11 to 19, resided in a tradi- the kitchen was dark. tional home in Chicago’s north • Make the laundry room more suburbs built in the 1970s. functional, with both the space To make the kitchen more As with most projects, we start- and modern equipment to accom- functional, we incorporated an ed by asking the clients about their modate a family where everybody island to separate the cooking, goals. The couple stated they want- was active in sports and generated a preparation and cleaning areas. ed their house to feel like a home great deal of laundry. Even though the island is large Since our clients and their and not simply the place where they The client had lots of ideas. We (54 by 126 in.), our clients move four children were very active in live. We found the clients’ wish list believe that part of our job is to tell comfortably throughout the space, sports, the laundry room was a was typical for homeowners of a our clients which of their ideas are never running into each other as busy spot, and the clients wanted house built in that period: good and which are not. We took they perform their own specific enough room to work within the our clients’ wish list, analyzed it and tasks. space. We incorporated two sets of then helped them understand that To fulfill the couple’s need to full size stackable washers and dry- the latest trends might not always make the kitchen more conducive ers and a very large, single-bowl work in every situation. for entertaining, we expanded laundry sink in the work area. This traditional residence
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