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SOLUTIONS

To expand the kitchen area
for an active family, the
original space was expanded
into an adjacent sitting
room, which meant knocking
down a wall, multiple load
calculations and the addition
of some steel columns.
A banquette was
incorporated into one
corner of the space. The
working kitchen occupies
the expanded rectangular
footprint, and the pantry and
some working space were
tucked into the short leg of
the original "L" space.

Quirky Kitchen:
The challenges of wall removal and
accommodating odd spaces
One way to introduce the quirky pleasures of working with this family on
their kitchen project is to explain that they fell in love with the house and
bought it before they were even aware that they were right across the
street from the large community lake (that you can clearly glimpse between the houses!). They laughed this off along with the fact that her first
name, which she uses for all legal purposes as well as day-to-day, is not
her birth name at all, nor even a childhood nickname. Her husband just
decided that's what he would call her when they were dating, and the
rest is...
Like the family, the house is quirky as well. It was built in the mid-20th
century, and a fire in the late 60s damaged much of the home. When it
was rebuilt it was expanded up and out, converted from a Ranch to a
more Georgian architectural style, and the kitchen was recreated in an
L-shape that suffered from poor functionality.
They are a large, active family, who enjoy cooking and spending time
together, and like many contemporary families, everyone is coming and
going constantly with activities, and meals are not always communal or
scripted. The existing cramped space did not fit their lifestyle, and little
could be re-purposed with the exception of a couple of the appliances.
While initially the solution seemed to reside in the same footprint with

a new layout, it quickly became evident that the husband's notion that
the new kitchen should expand into the adjacent sitting room - originally
voted down by his wife and yours truly - would win the day. And, as with
many successful projects, once we designed to those parameters, it was
obvious that this was the only way to go. But, the "only way" was not without its challenges.

Challenge 1: Wall Removal and Beam Inserts
First up was the wall removal between the kitchen and sitting room
that would create the required effect of a continuous space - no dropped
beam, no wing walls. This was actually critical because the large kitchen
island would span both rooms. This meant, of course, that not only would
we need a large "upset" beam inserted into the floor system above, but
that we'd have to ensure that the load was transferred to the foundation
or new footers through the walls at each end. We were able to place a
check on all of the above with our engineer's help, but what we discovered is that there already were a couple of steel beams hiding in that

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Table of Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
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People & Places
All Abroad
Tech Savvy
Special Report
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Cover Story
Full House
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