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Glass-door wall cabinets

September 16, 2012

Tucked into base cabinets in auxiliary work space, far left, is a microwave framed by cupboards. Glass-door wall cabinets, below left, were specifically requested by the homeowners. Flooring throughout is 12- by 12-inch ceramic tile laid on the diagonal. Each area that was a separate entity, see “before” plan, below, is now a single flow-together whole, see “after” plan, bottom. See Buying Guide for details.

Dark kitchen

September 15, 2012

As was traditional with Tudor-style homes built in the 1920s, this one had a small, dark kitchen that was part of a suite that included a separate dinette and utility room. In remodeling the space for a couple with two grown sons and a sizable extended family, James M. Liston, CKD, in a joint venture with Barbara Emmaneel of Kitchens. Baths & Cabinets, in Millbrae, California, merged the three rooms into a single 14- by 26-foot space. “Everything was gutted, down to the bare studs,” says Emmaneel. As shown in the “before” and “after” plans above, the new space has a pantry and a dining area, but everything is open rather than completely walled in.
For a look that’s contemporary but in no way slick, Wood-Mode “Vanguard” oak cabinets in a natural finish with ebony accents were selected. Countertops and backsplash are granite and, says Liston, “there are a lot of drawers. They’re easier to get things in and out of than shallow roll-out trays, and since they hold more, they’re more cost effective.”

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