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MAY 2018

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SCITUATE, MA — A 300-sq.-ft. addition not only tripled the footprint of this kitchen, but also laid the groundwork for its transforma- tion. The small, awkward room with too many angles and too little countertop and storage space was recreated as an open, well-func- tioning kitchen with dual islands, updated appliances, coffee station, bar area and bonus breakfast nook. "My clients bought the home about four years ago and recently finished working with an interior designer to update other rooms," says Marlene MacDonald Ketchen, owner/designer, The Cabinetry Kitchen & Bath Design Studio, in Hingham, MA, and president of the Bath & Kitchen Buying Group. She collaborated with Meyer & Meyer Architects for the addition. "It is a beautiful home, but it needed a new kitchen…a place where my clients could cook, entertain and be comfortable," she states. However, simply adding square footage wasn't the be-all, end-all solution, notes Ketchen, who in- dicates the potentially cavernous space was further complicated by an abundance of windows and openings that left little in the way of wall space for upper cabinet storage. The clients also had an ex- tensive list of appliances they wanted incorporated into the space, creating another challenge. "We had to get very creative to find enough storage and fit all the appliances," she explains, noting the end result is a kitchen with sophis- ticated efficiency…a place where the cooking process is well thought out and where aesthet- ics are well appointed. FOUNDATIONAL COOKING ISLAND Given their specific parameters, positioning the 48" Wolf range and its associated ventila- tion hood became top priority, with their final destination incorporating an existing column that supports the second floor and an additional faux column to offer symmetry. "[Due to] the range's size, downdraft ventila- tion wasn't possible," she says. "Plus, my clients wanted a traditional wood hood that matched the cabinetry. Because of the way the addition was done, and because of the way we needed to vent the range, there was really only one place for the range and hood." Ketchen built upon the cooking island's functionality by adding additional applianc- es, including a Wolf microwave and paneled warming drawer. A pull-out cabinet for spices and cooking oils on one side of the range is balanced by a bank of drawers on the other. Additional storage via shallow cabinets with touch latches is located on the back side of the island, which faces into the breakfast nook. Larger Footprint Transforms Kitchen BY KIM BERNDTSON A new addition breathes life into this previously petite kitchen, transforming it into an open, multi-purpose room for clients who love to cook and entertain. Photos: Bearwalk Cinema FOCAL-POINT COOKING ISLAND Anchors the entire kitchen design OVERSIZED SEATING ISLAND Visually matches the cooking island while offering in-kitchen seating and extra storage CABINET DETAILS ON THE VENTILATION HOOD Enhance the island's visual appeal 34 Kitchen & Bath Design News • May 2018 PROJECT CASE STUDY SPOTLIGHT ON CREATIVE, PROBLEM-SOLVING KITCHENS AND BATHS

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