Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUN 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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arriage is the union of two people, but it is also the official combination of two peoples' stuff. In this particular case, it also meant the merging of a couple who enjoys cooking and entertaining into one 250-square-foot kitchen. "Our lawyer attended [an] open house with his fiancé, and she walked in and said, 'Oh these guys get me. ese guys are going to be our designers if they agree to let us hire them,'" says Steve Moran, co-owner of GreenRose Design in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. "She was moving into his home and selling her own, so she asked if he would mind if she remodeled his late '90s kitchen to be more reflective of his-and-hers current style of living. She's a lady who is in design herself—she designs brochures and reports—so she had a tremendously strong design sense and just needed help pulling it all together and finding what materials are out there and [getting] access to those. It was a really terrific collaboration between us and her." e home in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is located in a development, designed in what Moran referred to as '90s style: a center-hall colonial, 4- by 4-foot kitchen island, and half-wall between the kitchen and sunken living room. Ultimately, GreenRose Design was tasked with transforming the space into a modern, elegant and functional space, where two chefs could work simultane- ously and have better flow among the surrounding spaces while keeping a dining and seating area. Moran began working on different layouts before landing on a solution that made the island "a little bit more spectacular," but it necessitated removing a wall of kitchen cabinets. "Previously, [there] was just a small window above the sink [and] a couple of cabinets before the wall widened where the kitchen table was and became a double-slider [patio door.] So we figured, let's widen the island, add a few more cabinets, and make half of the island utility and half kitchen table," Moran explains. "And the only way to do that was to take out that back wall of cabinets, and let's bring the outdoors in [by] putting another slider of equal size, mass and configuration next to the other one. en, it feels very open and light, opens to the outside [deck] and gives us that extra room we needed to make the island more special." Accessible Cohesion A kitchen remodel makes room for clients to cook together and creates better movement between adjacent spaces. By Kacey Larsen Photos: Photography by Joshwa.com BEFORE M PROJECTS: Design Solutions 22 June 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com

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