CityScene Magazine July/August 2021

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Luxury Living

Beyond the Wall Major first-floor overhaul sees office space absorbed into kitchen By Garth Bishop

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ed and MaLinda Wierzbicki went into their remodel last year with modest goals, mainly centered around increasing the space and functionality of their kitchen. After an extensive renovation by Organized Home Remodeling, the first floor of their Powell home has undergone such a stark transformation that visitors barely recognize it. It all started with the realization that removing a wall would allow them to make the office part of the kitchen space. “Whenever we had a family get-together, people would congregate in the kitch-

en,” Ted says. “Everyone felt crowded so removing the wall to expand the kitchen was a major goal.” Anchoring the newly enlarged kitchen and the focal point to bring the changes together is a brand new 10-foot kitchen island. Hand-picked granite countertops brought together the colors the customer loved, and significantly increased the prep space for entertaining and making meals for the large extended family. A built-in microwave drawer and electronic trash can compartment fill out the island, while custom pendant lighting adds to its ambience.

Not far from the massive island – in the area that was once the office – is beautiful, stained bar cabinetry equipped with a wine rack, a beverage refrigerator, locked liquor drawers, wine glass storage and plenty of space for drinks and storage. Upper glass cabinets with a lighted interior and a reclaimed barnwood countertop also define the beautiful piece of furniture. “Everything you need is all in the same area,” says MaLinda. “You don’t have anyone trying to get a drink in the area where you are busy fixing food. No one is tripping over each other.” It's not just the gathering space that has grown; the additional storage is more than the couple dreamed of having. New, larger cupboards and cabinets join the new appliances in being placed for maximum convenience. Many of the drawers and cabinets are specialized for their contents, from utensils to spices. All the base cabinets are either drawers or roll-outs. Before

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