Kitchen & Bath Design News

JAN 2018

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Dark Kitchen Gets Contemporary Update AFTER The major challenge of this project was to decide how to appropriately incorporate a bold, contemporary look into a traditional home. The client must-haves included maintaining their fir floors that run throughout the home as well as keeping the large pass-through to the family room and providing a banquette in the window bay area. In addition, designer Prudence Stoddard of Warwick, RI-based Rhode Island Kitchen & Bath had to take the clients' tall height into consideration, which is why she maximized the backsplash area with a 22" separation to the wall cabinets. All primary storage was included in drawer base cabinets with walls as a secondary use area. One other challenge was found in ducting the CFM range hood, requiring a 10" duct. A complicated roof line configuration with large cupola blocked access to where the ducting needed to go. However, Stoddard was able to make several adjustments and disguise it without needing to use a soffit. To make the kitchen more amenable to hosting guests (and even cooking with them), Stoddard put in two islands – one for preparation and storage, and one for seating. She separated the kitchen into several work zones with two full-size sinks, two dishwashers, two side-by-side ovens and microwaves. Other appliances include a 48" Wolf range with charbroiler, a 48" Sub-Zero freestanding refrigerator with glass door and a Marvel 24" built-in beverage center in the seating island. To provide more natural light, the previous single hinged door leading out to the deck was enlarged and included a 6' slider. Finally, to create more work space, the island for seating was moved to the perimeter of the kitchen. Stoddard selected the color and material choices to reflect the owners' personalities, to be fun and get noticed such as the large-format Villi Unicolor Glossy glass tile in Berry Red for the backsplash with a glass art piece in the range area to accent the vertical surface. View more after photos at KitchenBathDesign.com BEFORE The dark and dated kitchen in this coastal Westerly, RI Queen Anne style home did not reflect its owners' dynamic personalities. Additionally, the space's closed- off footprint was not conducive to all of the entertaining and hosting the clients liked to do. After photos: Jamie Harrington - Image Ten Photography 118 Kitchen & Bath Design News • January 2018 TRANSFORMATIONS

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