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APR 2014

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22 | Kitchen & Bath Design News April 2014 By Kim Berndtson Project Case Study { Spotlight on creative, problem-solving kitchens and baths } L ocated on the north side of Chicago, Lincoln Square ofers its resi- dents the feeling of living in a small town with advantages of being within the bustling, big- city limits. The 'Windy City' neighborhood's aura isn't that much diferent than the atmo- sphere Linc Thelen wanted to create in this home's kitchen. "I wanted to give it suburban luxuries with a city location," says the designer and princi- pal of Linc Thelen Design in Chicago, IL, who worked with home builder Meder Inc. to construct the home. The new, 6,000-sq.-ft. home sits within a family- friendly neighborhood where all the kids play together. "This home embodies that feeling," he says. Although most homes in the neighborhood feature in- teriors less than 20 feet wide, on lots that are 25 feet wide, this home boasts an interior in excess of 25 feet on a 35- foot lot. "It gives us a bigger, wider footprint with a difer- ent layout than other homes in the area," he says. LIVING EASY WITH SUBURBAN LUXURY The extra space gave him the latitude to include a spa- cious kitchen with features that make living easier for a family that includes two teenagers. A 30" Viking re- frigerator and a separate 30" Viking freezer combined with a generously sized foor-to- ceiling pantry with pull-outs provide plenty of food stor- age. Two waste containers – one by the prep sink in the island and a second one near the main sink – ofer conve- nience and capacity for the amount of waste teenag- ers can generate when they entertain friends. Another special element is the built- in Miele cofeemaker. "These are all luxuries that go back to a suburban home," he says. Kitchen Offers the Best of Both Worlds Chicago designer creates a space that combines suburban luxuries with a big city location, while juxtaposing transitional style with rustic charm. Photos: Jim Tschetter TRANSITIONAL STYLE MEETS RUSTIC CHARM ⇧ The apron-front sink from Whitehaus Collection is highlighted with a chrome faucet from Delta Faucet, juxtaposing rustic elements with transitional features. "I wanted the home to feel transitional with rustic charm, clean lines and a 'fresh' feel," says Thelen. NATURAL STONE COLUMNS Frame the cooking center to create a strong focal point OVERSIZED ISLAND Provides additional work space TRANSITIONAL-STYLE CABINETRY Juxtaposes with rustic charm to provide a timber lodge feel KBD_22-25_PCS.indd 22 3/14/14 8:58 AM

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