Sometimes there’s just one big impetus behind a kitchen remodel: A growing family can no longer sit around the table, or a two-oven family is stuck with a one-oven kitchen, or the kitchen is just too ugly. But
sometimes there are a lot of little factors that add up to the call for action—as in this Oregon kitchen.
The owners wanted a kitchen that matched their colorful, eclectic tastes, not the tastes of the previous occupants. They wanted to open up the kitchen to the rest
of the house, and the rest of the house to the great outdoors. And they wanted to have a little fun with it all.
Their kitchen designer, Kathie Maughan, found a way to give them everything they wanted. No space was added; the kitchen was simply opened up and reconfigured. She removed the wall that separated the
kitchen from the formal dining room, and then designed matching cabinetry to flow through both spaces to help blend them together. This new space became an informal
sitting area. The existing informal family room/eating space was spruced up to become a more sophisticated formal dining room.
Though two windows were sacrificed to create room for a walk-in pantry, two French doors were added—one in the living room, the other in the dining room—to make up for lost light. The new
French doors also created an easier indoor-outdoor traffic flow for outside entertaining and dining. And the family
surely didn’t back away from adding color!
The homeowners wanted a colorful, vibrant backsplash. The finished product features 24 different types of tile
in a variety of shapes and sizes. Ceramic, glass,
natural stone and even some metal tiles were used. “All said and done, there were sixty different selections for the tile setter to track,” explains Maughan.
Good things come in twos
As part of the design process, Maughan interviews her clients using an extensive questionnaire to better determine their kitchen and living habits. When the ink had dried, it became apparent that the standard lineup of
single appliances simply wouldn’t do.
Since the homeowners frequently entertained and cooked elaborate meals, Maughan incorporated two dishwashers to the right of the main sink. The duo of dishwashers allowed them to clean up without having to wash the extras by hand. She also included two
refrigerators—a full-scale primary refrigerator plus a small second undercounter beverage refrigerator out of
the traffic flow for teens and friends to grab beverages. There’s also a full-size, freestanding freezer. The two sinks—one double bowl plus a prep sink—give
two chefs plenty of elbow room. And the two ovens provide plenty of firepower for large gatherings.
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Intelligent details, imaginative design and space-expanding conveniences make the kitchen easy to use and easy to clean up. Space that would ordinarily go to waste was given a purpose and put to work.