Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUN 2015

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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incredible downtown views they couldn't see from the original kitchen, a section of the home they spent much of their time in. Rossington puts it simply: "To cut of those views from where they spend a lot of their time — in the kitchen — just didn't make sense." Rossington uses 3-D software when designing, which helped the idea of an open kitchen click in the clients' minds. "Tey were a bit more old-school in their mentality in that they really wanted it closed of from the rest of the house. We came up with many schemes showing them options of keeping it on the original side and fipping it [to the opposite side of the foor]," he says. "Tey fnal- ly decided having an open kitchen to the living/dining space was advantageous for a number of reasons. Once they realized how benefcial and wonderful the proposed design solution would be, they were totally onboard." In answer to wanting an open kitchen with views, but still having the option to close the space, Rossington moved the kitchen from the north to the south side of the 2,500-sq.-ft. house. Te entire foor was ripped down to the studs, and new electrical and plumbing installed. Existing windows had single-pane glass, and those were updated to meet today's energy standards and improve functionality. An existing freplace in the living room was removed and replaced with a gas-burning freplace on the other side of the living room. Only the exterior walls and ceiling roof plane remained the same. "Te whole thing was fipped to a mirror image of what was there," Rossington explains. Te kitchen now opens up to the dining room and the hallway, which visually expands the space and creates bar-height seating for larger gatherings. Removing a large closet at the end of the stair also contributes to giving the entire top foor full access to the expansive views. Although fipping the foor plan solved the increasing views requirements, the idea of being able to close of the kitchen during more formal gatherings still loomed. The Digby Street kitchen remodel by Rossington Architecture won a Gold award in Kitchen $75,000-$150,000 in the 2014 Master Design Awards, as well as taking home the honor of Best in Show less than $250,000. GARAGE DN KITCHEN GUEST ROOM CL BATH #1 BENCH ENTRY LIVING ROOM BENCH CL DECK R DINING ROOM DW KITCHEN DINING ROOM LIVING ROOM BATH 1 CL STUDY ENTRY GARAGE CL DN DECK Before After The hallway visually expands the upstairs space, helps unite the public areas of the house and provides an area for bar-height seating, particularly useful during larger gatherings. PROJECTS: Design Solutions 26 June 2015 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com | ForResidentialPros.com

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