KBB - April 2015 - (Page 22)

SOLUTIONS The reclaimed hickory and spruce wood table seats four to six comfortably and 10 when turned perpendicular. 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 two rooms. "The space would always be narrow, but now I had the width I need- 22 + K BB 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." April 2015 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - April 2015

Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
Universal Design
Before & After
Solutions
Special Report
Tech Savvy
ICFF Special Section
Trends
Products
Design
Hidden Agenda
Not Your Typical Kitchen
The Rest Is History
Learning Corner
Last Word

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