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SOLUTIONS

Step 2: Design
Hicks then set out to create a family kitchen that would be at once
casual family-friendly and beautifully appointed. She settled on a design
that incorporated a banquette in one corner of the space and generous,
high stool seating at the imposing island. Add to that the cozy seating arrangement in the "leftover" keeping room space, and you have a kitchen
that allows the family to sit together for a family meal without heading
to the formal dining room or to just grab a quick sandwich on the way
to work or school. The range top and hood provide a strong visual focal point and preside over the grand island. Hicks and the client also
managed to work in a home office nook and some bookshelves in the
keeping room, as well as some low display cabinets between the keeping
room and dining room to create some separation between those rooms.

The range top and hood provide a strong visual focal point.
The project's appliance budget included a U-Line icemaker and beverage
center, as well as a KitchenAid microwave.

ceiling and that the new wall upstairs (post-fire) was not lined up over the
wall to be removed. After some tricky load calculations and hidden steel
columns added, we had our new space.

Challenge 2: Changing Unusual Spaces
Jennifer Hicks, our kitchen and bath designer, determined that the
best and highest use of the awkward short leg of the original "L" was to
tuck the pantry and some working space in this half-hidden area and
allow the working kitchen to occupy the new expanded rectangular footprint. She also downsized a full bathroom, which seemed much out of
place behind the kitchen, to a powder room and used the extra footprint
for additional storage.

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The project, while not inexpensive, was accomplished on a reasonable budget using Kemper Choice cabinetry along with some Kemper/
Decora line detailing. This was topped off with black absolute granite
with an antique (leathery) finish at a mid-range price point. We re-installed the existing refrigerator and freezer, parking the freezer in the pantry, and kept their GE Monogram 48-in. gas range - collectively reducing
the appliance budget to a few thousand dollars for a U-Line icemaker
and beverage center and a KitchenAid microwave.
All in all, the kitchen succeeds as a social and dining hub for a bustling family and is also an attractive heart of the home. It is warm and
inviting and features details that make it visually interesting and worthy of
the large room it now occupies. n
- William Fadul is co-principal of the Mosaic Group of architects and
remodelers in Atlanta.

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