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SOLUTIONS

LEFT No one would know that

the matching extensions at the
top of the hood were only constructed to hide oddly angled
ductwork on one side.

BELOW The decorative

features of the dark, ornate
kitchen hid a variety of issues
the designer had to solve during renovation.

Transitioning to Functionality

An ornate kitchen takes on a simpler style

WHEN A COUPLE PURCHASED a multi-milliondollar house in a suburb of Louisville, Ky., they
initially thought of it more as an investment than a
home. But as they began to slowly remodel it, they
decided to stay, which meant it was finally time to
overhaul the kitchen. An ornate room with carved
details, a coffered ceiling and two massive islands,
the kitchen did not lack style, it just had the wrong
type for the homeowners.They enlisted Tom Lutz,
owner and designer of Just 4 You, to improve functionality and create a lighter atmosphere.
"It was a very special home,"said Lutz, who added that the original 15-year-old kitchen included
expensive cabinetry, but it was ornate with a lot of
carvings and turnings. "It started to look a little
dated, and it was just visually very heavy looking."
Without needing to change the perimeter of the
kitchen, the designer was able to create a fresh feel
and increased function thanks to a brighter color palette and convenient cabinet organization.He traded
dual islands for one more expansive unit with seating
and simplified the design for a clean, transitional
look even without a lot of direction from his client.
"I'm not sure she knew initially what she wanted, but she knew she didn't like the other kitchen,"
he explained. "She knew she wanted to add two
dishwashers, so it evolved."

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SOURCES
DESIGNER: Tom Lutz,

Just 4 You, LLC;
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Mike
Tuell, Photo Tech Inc.
BACKSPLASH &
COUNTERTOP: Viatera;
CABINET HARDWARE:
Schaub; CABINET
ORGANIZATION: Rev-AShelf; CABINETS: Cuisines
Laurier; DISHWASHERS:
Asko; FAUCETS: Delta
Faucet; FLOORING:
White Oak; HOOD:
Stanisci Design; HOOD
INSERT: Vent-A-Hood;
LIGHTING: Tresco Lighting;
MICROWAVE: Monogram;
OVEN & WARMING DRAWER:
GE; PAINT: Benjamin
Moore; RANGE: Dacor;
REFRIGERATOR: Sub-Zero;
SINK: Kohler

By CARRIE WHITNEY

Despite the client's simple directive, Lutz encountered a few challenges
while transforming the dark, heavy kitchen into a welcoming, entertaining
space, and they came from above and below.
CHALLENGE 1 - CEILING DEMOLITION

The coffered ceiling was one of the features the homeowners did not like - it
lowered the height of the room and added to the heavy feel. Although it was
probably a special feature and expensive to install when it was made, it had
to go. The elaborate ceiling needed to be dismantled to be removed, and the
additional task of taking it apart added to the workload of the demolition
crew. But it was worth it, and the new ceiling is more than 10 feet tall.
"It opened up [the kitchen] and gave a higher feel to it,"said Lutz."It looks
so much brighter because we got rid of those heavy beams."
CHALLENGE 2 - REBUILDING A MUD FLOOR

A second demolition issue cropped up underfoot when the crew began
removing the existing ceramic tile floor, which was to be replaced with wood
and extended through the adjacent living space. When the tile was pulled up,
roughly two inches of mud were revealed below.The subfloor had to be built
up to the original floor height to blend with the floor in the wet bar, butler's
pantry and adjoining areas.To make everything level, the flooring contractor
started from scratch with new floor joists.
"It was a real challenge just to lay down the proper structure so that it was
all one level,"said Lutz, who explained that sometimes when a floor is slightly
off, mud can be used to even it out. However, the amount of mud found in this
case was excessive, causing him to wonder whether there had been a structural
issue at the time the original floor was put in.

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