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Tenleytown Kitchen: The Central Hub of this Home

Description

This family of five purchased a rundown 1940s home and needed a much larger kitchen that would be central to the family’s needs.

The existing kitchen, pantry, and dining room in this 1940s home were three cramped rooms. We combined these three rooms to create one large beautiful kitchen and mudroom that is central to the family’s everyday life. The renovated kitchen is part of a much larger whole-house remodel that included repairs, new systems and updating all the rooms in the house.

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We created an opening between the kitchen and existing living room for better flow. We kept the    original floors, toothed in new pieces and sanded and finished all the floors. The kitchen has a neutral palette. It also features:

  • Lighter quartzite countertops on the island with contrasting gray base cabinets
  • Dark quartz countertops on the perimeter sit on top of maple cabinets with a white glaze
  • Glass front wall cabinets add a traditional look.
  • Blue glass backsplash
  • A practical beverage center sits on the wall between the dining and kitchen
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BEFORE – View from the kitchen, past the pantry into the dining room. All of this became the new mudroom and kitchen.

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Removing two walls—the wall between the kitchen and pantry, and the wall between the pantry and dining room–created one large space that we then fitted with a new kitchen with a large island. We designed a mudroom in the original galley kitchen space.

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DURING – In order to remove the bearing wall between the dining room and kitchen, we installed a steel beam with columns. That support structure is hidden behind the walls and in the ceiling.

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The home did not have a great connection to the rear yard. We installed a door from the kitchen, as well as a sliding door in the new dining room to the right. The doors are all glass. A new window over the sink also brings in natural light.

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We created an opening between the kitchen and existing living room for better flow. The kitchen has multiple access points, making it the heart of the home.

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BEFORE – View from the dining room to front foyer. There are now two closets that flank this entry.

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A practical beverage center sits on the wall between the entry to the dining room on the left and living room on the right. A farmhouse sink contributes to the traditional look. A smaller prep sink is next to the refrigerator diagonal from this one. The three children have plenty of seating for snacks and homework at the large island.

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The mudroom is located off the side entry where the original kitchen was located and is close to the garage. The exterior door lines up with the door from the mudroom to the kitchen for great sight lines. We used custom cabinetry to create lockers for each of the three children. It has durable tile flooring. We reconfigured the nearby powder room and there is also a small study at the end of that hall.

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BEFORE – The original galley kitchen is now the mudroom.

Dining Room Entry

The den off the original dining room had been a porch that was enclosed in a past remodel. The structure was not insulated. The owners wanted to use it as a dining room. We added insulation, new hardwood flooring, two new windows for additional light, and a sliding glass door to the patio. It is easily accessed from the kitchen. The exterior side entry door lines up with the door from the mudroom to the kitchen and with this dining room opening.

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BEFORE – view from the den to the original dining room.

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This kitchen/mudroom was part of  an extensive “house rescue.” Click here to read the story of the full renovation.

Summary
Created by

Landis

Completed on

October 30, 2014

Skills

Kitchen

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