Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUN 2019

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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feet toward the garage took the entrance out of the kitchen and helped declutter the space. To accommodate the new door, an oversized powder room had to be condensed and pushed back toward the kitchen. The powder room was part of the previous remodel and would have need- ed an extensive makeover regardless, Vozka notes. TreHus used the remaining area to fulfill an item that ranked highly on the project wish list, not only for the homeowners but also their three kids. "We added a ski storage room for them because the family skis competitively," Vozka says. "We have a little closet in there that we jam-packed with ski storage: clips for the skis, boot warmers, shelves for the ski backpacks and helmets, hooks for the gloves and poles, and that kind of thing." AƁer carving out a ski closet, the company still had enough space to create a large mudroom and install cabinetry for each member of the family. TreHus included storage areas above and a built- in bench stretching across the cabinetry as well. Patterned porcelain tiles on the floor add warmth and a traditional touch that blends nicely with the wood flooring throughout the rest of the house. Around the corner from the mudroom, a new area to drop keys and mail encourages organiza- tion by keeping these things out of the kitchen. "A shallow, 14-inch cabinetry kind of thing, where if you come around the corner to the kitchen, you can drop your keys," Vozka explains. "You have a mini little office there where bills and mail and that kind of thing go." The whole backsplash is essentially a Forbo tackboard, she adds, allowing the family to pin up notes and other important reminders. Stretching a Bit To fit the new mudroom, ski closet and powder room, TreHus had to move the south wall of the kitchen in about 4 feet. That leƁ the company with limited space to install the refrigerator, which pre- viously occupied the east wall, and a double oven that shiƁed over to suit the bigger, French door appliance. "We squeezed a lot into that area; it had to be very, very specific," Vozka says. "We had to flat-frame behind [the new refriger- ator and oven] because we were literally down to a matter of inches to try and squeeze in all the appli- ances that they wanted," she adds. "As well as keep the powder room there, and keep a door width on [either] side. It didn't look like it was shoehorned in there, but we were down to the inch—the half inch—as far as what we could do." TreHus combined the kitchen with the sun- room and dining room through larger, arched openings, improving the interior flow of the home. A door leading out to the deck and a new window flank the range on the east wall, enabling more natural light in the space. Venetian plaster and AFTER BEFORE DESIGN SOLUTIONS 22 June 2019 QualifiedRemodeler.com

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