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AUG 2019

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WINDHAM, NH — When Heather Alton first met with her client, the designer sensed a bit of hesitation and outright aloofness about her kitchen renovation. But, as she later discovered, the single mother had previously approached other designers who just weren't understanding what she wanted, so she always left disappoint- ed with their ideas. "At first she had her defenses up," the designer with New England Design Elements, in Londonderry, NH, recalls. "She hadn't been 'wowed' by anything she had seen so she wasn't so sure we could meet her expectations either. "She had seen our portfolio and she liked what she saw, so she gave us a chance," Alton continues. "When I showed her our first sug- gestions for her kitchen, she was amazed and her mindset completely changed. She became an entirely different person to work with. She knew we understood what she wanted, so she stepped back and let us design based on her taste. When clients trust us like that, that's when projects turn out the best!" For this Windham, NH, kitchen – where Alton's client lives with her daughter and cat – that meant a space that focused on wood combined with masculine undertones and an industrial vibe. "She loves different types of wood, as well as metals," Alton says. As such, she grounded the kitchen with dark Cuisine Idéale cabinetry that features a Charcoal finish and Shaker-style, flat-panel doors and slab drawers that she accented with Richelieu hardware in Matte Silver. The cabinetry's deep hue complements, but pur- posefully doesn't match, the existing nearby hutch, which helped define the kitchen's boundaries. Alton furthered the wood elements by facing the island with salvaged wood from a demoed barn found locally. "It came from a small mill down by the riv- er," she says. "It was raining when we picked it out and it was water stained, which was perfect for this project." The raised seating area of the island also showcases wood via the individual Kaswell fir end-grain pieces, which were sanded down to one level and finished on site. Alton trimmed the island's triangular shape with a band of wood and accented it with upholstery tacks that match the inside of the dual Crystorama Luna six-light bronze and gold chandeliers that hover above. These lights complement the foyer light, which was the lone element preserved from the client's previous kitchen. "She loved the light and wanted to keep it," she says. "It helped set the tone for the entire space." AN INDUSTRIAL VIBE Alton and her client selected quartz, specifi- cally Nustone Quartz in Bianco, as the island's main work surface, as well as the perimeter countertop. "We wanted something that contrasted with the dark elements in the kitchen," she explains. "We also wanted something that was relatively plain, without a busy pattern because there's a lot of countertop space and a lot of texture already going on. Plus, this particular quartz is reasonably priced, so it helped my client stay within budget." Alton echoed the countertop's white hue on the walls, which she sheathed with 6"x12" Kitchen Renovation Wows Client BY KIM BERNDTSON Hesitation turns to amazement when this homeowner finds the right designer to transform her kitchen into the industrial chic space of her dreams. QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS Contrasts with the dark cabinetry and 'quiets' the space SALVAGED WOOD ISLAND Promotes a masculine vibe TILED VENTILATION HOOD Mimics copper to fulfill client's wish list Photos: Brittany Fecteau-Robert 24 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2019 PROJECT CASE STUDY SPOTLIGHT ON CREATIVE, PROBLEM-SOLVING KITCHENS AND BATHS

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