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SOLUTIONS

Not-So-Simple Renovation
A kitchen refresh brings up technical and aesthetic challenges
FOR DESIGNER DAWN HAMILTON, a project that seemed standard enough at
the start turned interesting when several issues came up along the way. This
2006-dated kitchen had not been touched since it was built and needed a
refresh. Between space constraints in the cabinetry and creating geometrical
designs in the ceiling, Hamilton - who is the founder of Fort Lauderdale,
Fla.-based DawnElise Interiors - had to exercise both her technical skills
and her imagination in this project.

CHALLENGE #1: KEEPING THE ORIGINAL CABINETS
WHILE ADDING FUNCTIONALITY

While there were no strict budget constraints, Hamilton looked for ways
to both save money and make eco-conscious decisions. Since the cabinetry
was less than 15 years old, they were still in good enough shape to reuse it in
the new design. The problem was the impractical space between the top of
the existing upper cabinets and the ceiling, which could be put to better use.
"That area was decorated with all kinds of dust collectors, like plates and
fake plants," said Hamilton. "It was such a waste of space and made the
whole kitchen feel dated."
Instead, the designer decided to fill it with a second row of upper cabinets,
which gave the client more storage and the kitchen a grander feel. These
cabinets feature leaded glass with interior lighting to make the ceilings feel
taller and to bring more light into the kitchen. And since all of the poplar
cabinets were repainted white, it was easy to color match the new uppers
with the rest of the existing cabinetry in the kitchen.

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ABOVE Before installing the

wood beams in the ceiling
cove, Hamilton had to adjust
the shape of the pattern in
AutoCAD to make sure the
whole shape fit within the
ceiling tray without blocking
the lights.
"I love this house," said the
designer. "It's so grand and
elegant, yet it has a very
homey, lived-in feel, and
although it's very large, the
family really seems to use the
whole house."

By ERINN LOUCKS

CHALLENGE #2: CREATING A CUSTOM SINK
OUT OF MARBLE

Keeping the existing cabinets presented another
problem for the design team: The new sink they
wanted to add into the island had to be customized because of the space constraints in its existing base cabinets. This island sink would be
located across from the range and helpful for
prepping, but between the island's marble counters and the lack of open space available in the
island, it was tricky to fit a sink in at all.
Using five pieces of countertop material, the
fabricators made the sink out of marble, which
followed the movement in the island stone, so the
pattern is not interrupted. After cutting a hole for
the drain, the fabricators glued and fastened the
sink they made to the countertop and installed it
like an undermount unit.
"The sink was so tiny and needed to be such
specific dimensions that finding a ready-made
sink would prove to be impossible," said Hamilton. "The island is a focal point, and I would have
hated to interrupt the beauty of the stone with a
sink that stuck out."

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