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Dark kitchen

September 20, 2012

The kitchen was always dark, confining and entirely separate from the rest of the household. Finally, the homeowners decided that their 40-year-old ranch-style house in Cincinnati needed something more than a face-lift. They asked designer Charlyn Jackson of Neal’s Construction Company, a design/build firm, to help them conceive a plan. Her solution was to remove the wall separating kitchen and family room, remove the kitchens exterior wall and add a sunroom with glass windows and doors on three sides.
“They definitely wanted a two-cook kitchen,” the designer reports. “That was the object of creating the island, so one cook could work at the range, for example, and the other could put out salads and desserts. They also wanted the kitchen, sunroom and family room to be completely integrated, which is why we used 12- by 12-inch floor tiles throughout. We also painted everything white.”

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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