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OSPREY, FL — When Thomas Richard Kelly's clients purchased this Osprey, FL home, its best features weren't necessarily any part of the physical structure. Rather, its beauty laid on the sandy beach and the soothing waters of the Intracoastal Waterway, accessible via steps that lead from the home's waterfront door. "The kitchen was dark and small, almost cave-like since it was cut off from the main living areas," says the designer/CMKBD and owner of TRK Design Co. in Nokomis, FL, who worked with the Arbas Group for the remodel. "It was attached to the family room that over- looked the water, but my clients couldn't see it. Plus, the nearly 30' window in the family room that revealed the view was partially obstruct- ed by a massive stone fireplace with heavy drapes to either side, which blocked most of the natural light. The home wasn't designed to optimize its living potential. It was like living on the water, without taking advantage of it." SHOWCASING NATURE'S PALETTE After assessing the home's challenges, Kelly suggested a transformation that opened up the entire space, giving his clients the ability to walk in the front door and look through the kitchen and dining room to see the spectacular view of the Intracoastal Waterway. "It's now a living kitchen where they can have complete enjoyment, whether it's prepar- ing meals, socializing or simply hanging out and looking at the water," he says. Kelly's first task was to take advantage of the view, which he addressed by removing the wall between the kitchen and family room. He also replaced the previous fireplace wall with a wall of windows, complete with sliders to easily access the backyard. Equally important to the design was show- casing nature's palette by bringing the elements from the outside to the inside…"the sand, the vegetation, the water, the sun as it plays off the natural beauty provided throughout the day, including in the morning, in the evening and at sunset," he says. "I wanted to be able to capture that beauty and tranquility and bring it into the kitchen and living spaces so they would feel as though they were created at the same time…so there was a harmony between the inside and the outside of the home. I wanted it to feel like the home was part of everything in the environ- ment around it." To accomplish that goal, Kelly started with TRK Design Collection by Kountry Kraft Kitchens cabinetry in a soft, gray/blue Benjamin Moore paint color – appropriate- ly named Shadow Gray – that matched the water, accenting the cabinets with Top Knobs hardware. 'Living' Kitchen Takes in the View BY KIM BERNDTSON This home transformation takes advantage of the stunning waterfront views, showcasing a palette selected to emulate nature, while blending interior and exterior design elements. Photos: Glenn Johnson 'CHALET ARCTIC WHITE' FLOOR TILE Mimics the color of the sandy beach 'SHADOW GRAY' CABINETRY Matches the soothing waters of the Intracoastal Waterway 'BLIZZARD' COUNTERTOPS Play off the clouds in the sky and white caps in the water 34 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2017 PROJECT CASE STUDY SPOTLIGHT ON CREATIVE, PROBLEM-SOLVING KITCHENS AND BATHS

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