Qualified Remodeler Magazine

NOV 2018

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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1947 home in Arlington, Virginia, had a kitchen that certainly looked and acted its age. It was small and cramped with barely any space to walk in, hemmed in by walls partitioning it from the dining room and stairs, and further outmoded by 1980s appliances. Our clients wanted an open space and more room to cook and prepare dinner with their grandson, who lives with them, and to entertain while cooking. More function and more space, those were the main goals for their new kitchen complex. With that, we took down all the walls that were com- partmentalizing the kitchen, living room, dining room and stair in a way typical of old-home construction to create one ‚uid, light-ƒlled living-dining area with de- signer ƒnishes and ƒxtures. Although the square footage of the ƒrst ‚oor didn't change, the house does feel bigger now due to walls being removed and the utilization of that little extra square footage of the wall footprint. Now the kitchen seems to welcome the owners and their guests with open arms. Its polished granite running counter encompasses shaker-style white-painted wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and faucets, and a ƒve-burner gas cooktop with glassed-in hood vent in a C-conƒguration that is convenient for cuisine of any kind. It ends in a peninsula bar with a porcelain farmer's sink and pendant lighting. ˆe peninsula bar is neighborly with the new dining and living spaces and the steel-railed open stair, unifying virtually the whole house into a "come on in; the door is open" entertaining area. ˆe space does have an open-door feel as well, thanks to the new French door side entrance with coat closet we in- stalled where a window that ended the old galley dinette used to be. Now the entry is somewhat centralized, so our clients can get straight to the kitchen, the stairs or the living room. True to our commitment to customize, we left the aesthetic choices up to the client. ˆe client selected the pendant lights, appliances, cabinets and colors with the help of the owner's daughter, who is an artist. On the Level A project begins with the challenge of removing walls and ĬåƴåĬĜĺčāŅŅųŸÆƚƋƚĬƋĜĵ±ƋåĬƼÚåĬĜƴåųŸ±ĺŅŞåĺĀųŸƋāŅŅų±ĺÚ ĩĜƋÏĘåĺŸŞ±ÏåƵĜƋĘĵƚÏĘĜĵŞųŅƴåÚüƚĺÏƋĜŅĺ±ĬĜƋƼ±ĺÚŸƋŅų±čåţ By Ahmad Khreshi A PROJECTS: Designer's Notebook 28 November 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com

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