Kitchen & Bath Business/KBIS January/February 2022 - 48

DE SIGN WITH
Room for All
W
Reworking her own kitchen, a
designer focused on functionality
HEN JAMIE KING UNDERTOOK the redesign of her own kitchen, she
was on familiar ground. Fifteen years ago, the Northridge, Ca.-based
designer and founder of JLK Interiors had given the space a thorough
facelift. While the room was ahead-of-its-time dramatic, with black
cabinets and a travertine fl oor, what it off ered in style it sadly lacked in substance.
" Th e kitchen's functionality was horrifi c, " said King, recalling the original
fl oor plan, a U-shape layout with a peninsula that separated the room into
two smaller areas. " Everything - the sink, range, refrigerator, dishwasher
- was located so that there was no circulation possible. Th e trash can was
always blocked by somebody or something. Whenever our family (with four
kids) gathered together in the kitchen, I would be really crabby and grumpy
because of this situation. "
Determined to correct her kitchen's fl aws, King spent about two years
in the design phase, working up at least fi ve complete iterations of the
revamped room before settling on one to take into construction. Her goals
included creating a seating area for four people; building in a desk space for
her husband, who has been working from home during the pandemic; and
a buff et that also incorporated display shelving. Th e overriding objective, of
course, was to ensure that prep work, cooking, cleaning and serving activities
could all be performed simultaneously and seamlessly, without people
running into one another.
DEVELOPING THE DESIGN
Because King and her family had such a long, shared history with the old
kitchen and its shortcomings, the designer was largely able to work on her
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/ JAN.-FEB. 2022
By LESLIE CLAGETT
ABOVE Removing a wall
and adding an island were
the fundamental changes
designer Jamie King made
to her kitchen. These moves
allowed her to fi nesse the fl oor
plan and appliance layout to
improve the functionality of
the room.
own, trusted by her husband and children to pursue
a vision that would correct the old problems
while injecting a fresh feel to the room.
" To tell the truth, I didn't fi nd much of a diff erence
in designing for my own family and working
with outside clients, " said King. " With every
project, I insert myself into peoples' lives, using
the interview process to learn how they live and
entertain and work in their kitchens. Once I have
an idea of how they use the space, I use all that
information to inform the design. "
While King had a very clear picture of the specifi
c brands of appliances and products she would
use in the kitchen, her approach to the design
features was more open-ended. Th e new design
draws on several projects that are part of her portfolio.
She culled her favorite ideas from these jobs
- the built-in desk, the buff et design, the super
pantry - and customized them to fi t her needs.
As far as the circulation is concerned, there was
more than comfort motivating the creation of
45-in.-wide work aisles around the new island. " Th is
is our forever home, " said King, pointing out that
the generous clearance is attuned to aging-in-place
design; it is sized to accommodate wheelchair users.

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Editor's Note
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Happenings
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Technology & Design
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Wellness Movement
Industry Outlook
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KBIS show directory
Favorites
Balanced Budget
Solutions
Design With
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What's Hot In: toilets, bath sinks, lighting & laundry
NKBA highlights the top 10 2022 design trends
A dysfunctional primary bath receibes a welcoming spa-like overhaul
A run-down historic D.C. home converts into two luxury condos
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