Kitchen & Bath Business - October 2016 - 36

Before and After

A Great Room with a View
A major kitchen transformation opens up

a cramped space and highlights the outdoors
WHEN AN EMP TY-NESTER COUPLE APPROACHED ADAM GIBSON, CMKBD, presi-

dent of Adam Gibson Design in Carmel, Ind.,
about a renovation to their kitchen, they had one
specific goal in mind - to remove a wall separating
the kitchen from the great room.
"The kitchen felt very enclosed and separated
from the rest of the house," said Gibson. "It was a
difficult kitchen to cook in because of the layout,
and it was difficult to socialize in."
With homeowners who enjoy entertaining -
in fact, they recently welcomed 1,000 guests for
a wedding on their lawn - the kitchen begged
for an update. While the space was cramped and
the design outdated, the home - located outside
Indianapolis, Ind. - offered a spectacular lake view.
Even better, the great room featured a vaulted
ceiling and plenty of space, so once the wall came
down, the new kitchen was sure to be a stunner.
And it was with this wall removal that Gibson's
challenges began.

ABOVE A custom-designed
soffit with recessed and pendant lighting floats above the
island, keeping it cozy despite
its length.

ISSUE SOLVING & INGENIOUS DESIGN

"The obvious choice of removing the bearing wall
between the kitchen and great room was complicated by the fact that the vaulted roof of the great
room bore directly on that wall, and we wanted
the kitchen ceiling to blend into the vaulted ceiling without a lowered beam," explained Gibson.

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BY CARRIE WHITNEY

With the assistance of a structural engineer, Gibson and general contractor
Central Construction Group inserted a flush beam, allowing the two rooms
to become one. From there, the design strategy focused on incorporation,
and Gibson extended the kitchen island, which formerly offered seating for
only two, into the great room. Additionally, the Cambria quartz countertop
in Torquay lining the back wall now continues around the corner, forming a
dedicated bar area with a 46-bottle wine cooler.
To maintain coziness in the newly expansive combined room, Gibson
designed a lighted soffit to float above the island, mirroring its size and delineating this seating area. Rather than opting for a waterfall edge on both sides of
the island, he cantilevered it on the great room side so that another chair could
be added if needed.The island's four-in.-thick quartz provides a solid platform.
"We knew we wanted seating for at least five, so that is why the island
got so long," he said. "Before and during the construction, the clients
mischievously referred to the floating soffit as the 'diving board,' trusting
that the designer's vision wasn't folly."
This "diving board" extends past the kitchen ceiling and pokes into the
great room, but as its length mimics that of the island below, it does not
seem intrusive. Instead, the soffit adds warmth to the area and features a
pattern of recessed and pendant lighting.
Flooring and cabinetry further unify the previously distinct rooms.
Hardwood floors from DuChâteau's Vernal Collection stretch across the
entire area. Stained walnut kitchen cabinets, all custom made by Cherished Woodcraft, and door styles coordinate with the lower cabinets of

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Kitchen & Bath Business - October 2016
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
Happenings
Trends
Better Business
Solutions
KBIS Countdown
Before & After
Sustainable Design
What’s Hot
What’s Cool
Product Innovator Awards
Balanced Budget
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Kitchen & Bath Business - October 2016 - Show Director’s Note
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Kitchen & Bath Business - October 2016 - Happenings
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