Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUN 2015

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Sliding pocket doors ofered the appropriate solution for the open vs. closed kitchen. Now the homeowners have both. Each bank of doors slides into its own pocket, each of which is 1 ft. 6 in. wide. One pocket is 2 ft. 9 in. deep and the other is 3 ft. 3 in. deep. Te doors don't have a huge footprint, but they do make a huge diference in the kitchen's functionality. "Tey also provide some structural support," Rossington says. Te doors slide from a track hanging from the ceil- ing to allow the corner to completely disappear, further taking advantage of the house's site. Te counter drifts like a ribbon, fowing up and over the cabinetry and splitting where necessary before coming together at the end. Materials pay homage to mid-century sensibilities and are comfortable without overly hard edges. Rossington is most proud of how well the kitchen area integrated with the rest of the space. "It was so compart- mentalized before," he recalls. "We were able to open up the views from the kitchen. Te entry hallway also was very separated, and we were able to incorporate that into the space of the kitchen. Tere are benches along the hallway side that open to the stairway. It just fows really well and is incorporated with the rest of the public spaces of the house versus set aside the way it was before. "Tere's a lot of sentimental value to this house," he continues. "Te owner realized it needed to change to work for them the way they wanted to live now. For him to be smart enough and not be stuck on keeping things just for their sentimental value was pretty brilliant on his part. And he can still say, 'I grew up in this house.'" | OPEN, OR CLOSED As with most designers, Rossington tends to follow de- sign trends, which he says is not necessarily conducive to creating great design. "To understand the wants and needs of a client without them being able to necessarily articulate them is the challenge that all of us must contend with," he says. "In this case, the clients vocalized they wanted an old-fashioned closed-of kitchen, but, at the same time, they really liked leaving the doors open and getting peeks of the view to downtown San Francisco. "To allow the kitchen to be open to the public portions of the house yet be able to close it of at times was the crux of this particular problem," he continues. "Te way most of us live these days, when we have guests over, we tend to be less formal, and visitors congregate in and around the kitchen, hanging out with drinks or helping out with preparation. It's wonderful when the occasion permits, but when a more formal event is desired, this format can be too casual for some." Sliding track doors solved the design question of how to have an open kitchen and dining area while still giving an option for privacy during more formal gatherings. QualifiedRemodeler.com | ForResidentialPros.com QR June 2015 27

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