Gold Winner: Tenhulzen Remodeling, Redmond, Wash.
Project location: Redmond, Wash.
Sq. ft. before: 438
Sq. ft. after: 874
Project cost: $99,031
The goal of the project was to expand the kitchen into the existing dining room space to create a better cooking environment with a large gathering area and better flow. The new layout also included a desk/mail center adjacent to the kitchen.
Taking out the angles made sense to the homeowners, who were accustomed to working in a galley-style kitchen. The existing dead-end work space was a major frustration to the professional-level cooks who loved to entertain. A formal dining room was not required in what was visualized as a great room.
One of the biggest challenges was identifying point loads, ducting and plumbing locations from the finished floor above. The desire for a completely open space was threatened by the requirement of a structural column in the island.
Plans were completed to include a steel beam to span the island, assuming existing framing and mechanical conditions would allow. During demolition, the bet paid off with only minor adjustments needed to HVAC and plumbing chases.
The existing dining room window was reinstalled in place of the existing garden window, and a bearing wall was replaced with a steel beam. Tucking a desk in at the interior wall created a much needed and secluded work space. Two slender windows flanking the new range were added to increase light and compensate for the loss of light from the removal of the large window above the sink.
Other features include dimmable illumination in the form of overhead can lighting, undercabinet task lighting, decorative puck lighting and pendant lighting over the island and dining table.
Appliances: Jenn-Air, Miele, Viking, KitchenAid
Cabinets: Canyon Creek
Countertops: Oregon Tile and Marble
Lighting: Hudson Valley
Paint: Sherwin Williams
Tile: Dal Tile, Pratt & Larson
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