Lessons in Layout Feature Article in Better Homes and Garden Remodel Magazine 2009


Lessons in Layout.

Below is an excerpt from with in the feature article written in Better Homes & Garden Remodel Magazine in October/November 2009:

Though the floor plan is contemporary, the kitchen’s style respects the home’s vintage roots. Classic white cabinets, beaded-board panels, subway tile, elaborate moldings, and natural wood surfaces recall an earlier era. But the hard working elements—such as the appliances and storage—reflect the needs of a modern family.

“Everything has it’s place,” says Jane, who appreciates the strategic locations of cabinets, drawers, and pantry storage. “It keeps the space big, and everything goes away when you’re no using it…

The Change:
The kitchen of a converted carriage house is relocated and reconfigured to better serve the needs of a family of five while maintaining the architectural integrity and charm of the vintage structure.

What It Took:
• Moving the kitchen to the back of the house, where it opens to the relocated family room.
• Placing a breakfast area opposite the working kitchen for informal meals, homework, and projects.
• Shrinking the formal dining room to create space for a butler’s pantry and wine nook.
• Adding a build-in message center and mini mudroom to help the family stay organized.
• Making outdoor living areas accessible from he kitchen and breakfast area.

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