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Bob Narod, Photographer

Bob Narod, Photographer

Best Before & After: Kitchen Award Winner $2,500 Before I love how the double-sided ledge intersects the vertical opening between the kitchen and the dining room.” The driftwood stain on rift cut white oak floor, and honed Pietra grey stone countertops serve as a cool balance to warmer brick and wall colors. From start to finish, the overall transformation included fully integrated appliances, distinctive cabinets, handmade hardware, 72 square feet of countertops to accommodate many cooks, large openings between the kitchen and adjacent rooms to allow light in the space as well as better traffic flow. Seven openings into the kitchen designate this space as the center and heart of the home. A 90” long base cabinet between two central columns acts as a divider between the rooms with a multitude of cubbies to house all of the predetermined items, in addition to adequate wine storage. Open shelves, long ledges, tall cabinets with glass doors on both sides offer many display options for the clients’ collections. Tall columns and floor to ceiling openings create a vertical visual line, and new doors and windows bring an abundance of daylight into the once closed space. For evening, a multi-zone lighting plan was incorporated. 34


Doychinov explained the extent of the changes and their impact, saying, “Without a doubt, the major reconstruction of all four kitchen walls qualifies as the most dramatic alteration. It is also what made the biggest improvements possible – unimpeded traffic flow throughout a busy space and seven thoughtfully positioned openings. This introduced three additional access points than there was previously, and created a intuitive and logical integration of the kitchen with the backyard and other rooms.” Through graceful curves in the island, hood and pendant lighting over the island, this family kitchen was transformed and complete, in function and form.

NKBA Magazine Spring 2011  

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