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spruce wood table
seats four to six
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A Spicy Challenge
A kitchen redesign addresses the needs of a family of four cooks
Cooking from scratch is the norm for two owners and their two teenage children in this kitchen redesign. Stuck with a dark and cramped
space, the family approached designer Jamie Nicholas of Jamie Florence Designs in Reading, Mass., to envision a space better suited for four
cooks and their many appliances, tools and spices.
Challenge 1 - Increasing Size
At only 10-ft. by 11-ft., the kitchen was obviously too small to ﬁt the
homeowner's requirements for a busy, eat-in kitchen. The same size as the
kitchen, the dining room could not ﬁt a table large enough for their family
gatherings, so the homeowners agreed to eliminate the formal seating
area in lieu of seating for four on a daily basis and room to seat 10 occasionally. Since the wall between the kitchen and the dining room was
load bearing, Nicholas was able to take the wall down and combine the
"The space would always be narrow, but now I had the width I need-
ed," she said. "I was able to create a huge amount of counter space and
two separate prep areas, as well as a built-in bench/eat-in kitchen."
Challenge 2 - Adding More Light
Worsening the already small space, the kitchen only had two windows, one ﬂuorescent light in the center and one light above the sink at
the window. Dark slate tile lined the ﬂoor, and the walls were painted a
deep orange color - while the black appliances were dated.
By combining the two rooms, the new kitchen beneﬁted from the increased natural light.The window in the dining room also became a large
picture window. As for artiﬁcial lighting, Nicholas incorporated several 4-in.
incandescent lights, task lighting and decorative lighting.
"My clients were taken aback by amount of lights and even asked if
they needed so many during construction," said Nicholas. "But after they
were able to use the kitchen, they agreed that the layering of lighting
works wonderfully and were very happy with it all."
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - April 2015
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
Before & After
ICFF Special Section
Not Your Typical Kitchen
The Rest Is History
KBB - April 2015