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HOMES | GOURMET KITCHEN
available space for the next family that would live in
the home. The result is a nice table and seating area
between kitchen and deck. A small sun room (now
the outside deck) used to be on the other side of the
kitchen, an unused space that became storage. With
their house layout (four level split, with three sets of
stairs), Link or her husband used to have to go down
two flights of steps and exit out the basement in order
to use the grill.
"We grill a lot year-round, so the idea of having the
deck right there was ideal," Link says. "Now we can
go out and have coffee in the morning or grill right
beside the kitchen with easy accessibility."
The large window to the side of the kitchen offers plenty of natural light that coordinates well with
the white cabinets. Double windows were originally
planned, but the architect, Dolly Dollberg of Architectural Design Services, believed the back of the house
wouldn't be balanced. She suggested the big window,
which almost makes you feel as though you're already
outside. Even in the winter, the big views offer the
family a way to feel isolated within the busy neighborhood. Above all, Link wanted a kitchen that was
ultimately for a family.
"If we ever sell the house, it's for a family, not
a cake baker. I wanted the kitchen to look like a
kitchen; I cook every night in it. When you walk
in, you wouldn't know I'm a baker because everything is hidden away," she says. "I had a great team
that knew not only what they were doing, but what
was important to me. This is my home first and
foremost, and I wanted it to be family-style with
WHO DID IT?
Architectural Design Services, LLC
James Barton Construction
Kitchen concept designer and cabinetry:
Carters Cabinet Shop of Roanoke, Inc.
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