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UNIVERSAL DESIGN

A Family Affair

A kitchen renovation caters to all ages with
u s e r- f r i e n d l y a n d s u s t a i n a b l e s o l u t i o n s

A SEATTLE-BASED COUPLE'S HOME is the hub for
their large family of two daughters, their husbands
and 10 grandchildren - ages three to 19. They
wanted a kitchen renovation that would make
the space accessible to everyone. They turned to
Wendy Albee, CAPS, of Albee Interior Design,
who had worked with the homeowners on various
projects starting with the master bath in 2005.
"My clients wanted to maximize the space for
everyone to participate and make it usable for both
the children and the adults," said the designer.

ABOVE As one of the client's

favorite colors is green, the
designer chose the hue for
the base cabinets, which
complement the white taller
cabinets on the other side of
the kitchen.
All drawers and cabinets feature pullouts for easy access
to all family members.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

So that everyone can easily reach the appliances,Albee installed a microwave drawer under the countertop and the refrigerator at counter depth. A beverage refrigerator is easy to reach for adults and kids,
and the steam oven is just above the countertop.
"Since our client is just over 5 feet tall, we installed the steam oven at the exact height she
wanted it, so she didn't have to bend down or
reach up too high," explained the designer. "It's
also opposite the prep sink, making it easy to fill
with water."
The countertops have rounded corners, a feature
Albee says is pretty typical in any kitchen renovation, and one of the drawers near the dishwasher

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houses plates in pegs for easy access.The tall pantry wall cabinets are at a shallower depth of 12 feet, and the items used the most are on the lower shelves.
Shorter members of the family can access the taller items via step stools.
For ample illumination in the kitchen, which is necessary for everyone
who uses it, Albee installed several recessed cans for overall lighting, as well
as undercabinet lighting for tasks. In the adjacent laundry room, which was
previously a walk-through from the garage into the back hallway, she chose
non-slip luxury vinyl tile flooring.
"Since there is a step down to the adjoining living room we couldn't eliminate, we used a contrasting wood flooring - red oak in the kitchen and darker
engineered birch in the living room - so the difference in height is very visible,"
said the designer.
Another main goal for the kitchen was to have an island large enough to
accommodate everyone for large family gatherings. The 12-ft. unit Albee

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Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Note
NKBA Note
Happenings
Hot Topic
Research Roundup
Trends
Better Business
Stories from the Field
Readers’ Choice Award Winners
Wellness Design
Balanced Budget
All Abroad
Solutions
Universal Design
Sustainable Design
What’s Hot
Merging the indoors and outdoors in a Big Easy home
A designer delivers every project request for his long-distance clients
Last Word
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Intro
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Cover2
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Editor’s Note
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Show Note
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - NKBA Note
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Happenings
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 21
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Hot Topic
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 23
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Research Roundup
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Trends
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 31
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 33
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Better Business
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 35
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 36
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 37
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Stories from the Field
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 39
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Readers’ Choice Award Winners
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 41
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 42
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 43
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Wellness Design
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 45
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Balanced Budget
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 47
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - All Abroad
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 49
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 50
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 51
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Solutions
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Universal Design
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 55
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Sustainable Design
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 57
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - What’s Hot
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 59
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 60
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 61
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Merging the indoors and outdoors in a Big Easy home
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 63
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 64
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 65
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - A designer delivers every project request for his long-distance clients
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