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Walnut Waterfall Island: Dupont Row House Kitchen

Description

Opening up the wall between the dining room and kitchen allowed us to create a new galley kitchen in this row house. The central design focus and workhorse is the 11 ½-foot island with walnut butcher block top, which allows the couple to enjoy preparing meals together.

This couple wanted a seamless transition between the rooms on the main floor of their city row house. Their main goal was to remove the wall between the kitchen and dining room and completely remodel the kitchen. The remodeling project was motivated by the fact that they often host family on an extended basis. They were also expecting a baby.

“Landis was the third architect/contractor that we have used over the course of years for remodeling projects. They are by far the best and indeed the only one that we recommend without any hesitation. They are not the cheapest, but if you want to strike a delicate balance among the quality, the cost, the construction time, and a general emotional well-being during the miserable process of house remodeling, they are IT for us.”  –The clients/homeowners.

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  • We removed the wall between the dining room and kitchen and replaced the inefficient L-shape with a large new galley kitchen with a long center island. This creates a great flow when the family is entertaining, enhances everyday use of the space, and provides extended views along the length of the first floor with natural light on both ends.
  • The couple enjoys cooking, often preparing meals together. We gave them a large prep space in the 3 ½-foot by 11 ½-foot island. The central design focus is the island’s beautiful English walnut countertop.
  • Our designer selected materials that blend the design backgrounds of both of the owners—it’s an Asian-Norwegian style blend. It has both clean lines of European designs and wood tones that give it an organic feel of Asian style.
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BEFORE. The original kitchen, looking toward the dining room. The opening is visible to the right.

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BEFORE. The original kitchen, looking toward the dining room. The opening is visible to the right.

 

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AFTER. Removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room creates an expanded living area. The new oak flooring is placed perpendicular to the first floor’s existing heart pine both for structural reasons and to define the kitchen space. A small nook fitted with a wine cooler also subtly defines the kitchen. We had to build new framing under the kitchen due to rotted and cracked joists. We considered creating a higher ceiling by stepping down the framing by a few inches, but the cost and schedule prohibited that option.

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BEFORE. The small seating area on the back of the house is to the left of the refrigerator. The clients rarely used this table and seats.

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BEFORE. The small seating area on the back of the house is to the left of the refrigerator. The clients rarely used this table and seats.

 

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AFTER. We incorporated the original seating area into the kitchen design. Three stools fit under the new island for casual seating that is close to the prep and living areas. The clients cut directly on the walnut butcher block when they are preparing meals. The large expanse allows for both the husband and wife to prepare meals together.

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Two strips of LED lighting flank the range, providing a more useful and beautiful transition for the Laminam backsplash than grout lines or a transition strip.

Our designer wanted the space to feel light, so he used darker colors for the base cabinets and perimeter countertops, which allow the space to feel lighter as your eyes move vertically. The pale shade of the backsplash contributes to this look. It’s the first time we used Laminam, a 3/16th inch ceramic plank that comes in 3-foot by 10-foot sheets. The large sheets mean less seams/grout lines. It’s also easy to clean. To maintain the simple lines that the clients wanted, the upper and pantry cabinets are fitted with magnetic push latches.

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The clients also requested a space for the small appliances such as the microwave and toaster oven that they use on a regular basis, as well as specialty appliances (crockpot, rotisserie) they only occasionally use. One section of the wall of cabinets across from the island has outlets in the back and doors that slide out of the way so the clients can use the appliances in place without hindering circulation.

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BEFORE. View from the living room. Removing the kitchen wall allows light to flow from the back windows and French door. We reconfigured the shape or the adjacent powder room to blend more into the design and built wider stairs to the basement for access to the mechanical equipment.

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After

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AFTER. A small nook fitted with a wine cooler and a shelf separates the kitchen and dining areas.

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BEFORE Floor Plan

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AFTER Floor Plan

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Summary
Created by

Landis

Completed on

May 11, 2016

Skills

Kitchen

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