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After. To gain more kitchen square footage and integrate the Order Cabinets kitchen with the rear outdoor space, they demolished the interior wall dividing the kitchen and laundry and powder rooms. (See floor plans below.) “We carved away the existing laundry room and powder bath to create a wider, less cavernous covered outdoor living room and patio, and filled in the existing breezeway between the garage and house to create space for the new powder bath,” says designer Geno Salimena of Gusto Design Studio. They Order Cabinets relocated the laundry room to the basement.
Island. Removing the wall and chimney provided room for a larger island, more circulation and better storage. Custom scalloped tongue-and-groove Western walnut paneling, milled by Big Branch Woodworking, wraps one side of the island. Counter-height stools at the island and a separate dining table (shown below) offer flexibility for entertaining.
Appliances. The homeowners are avid cooks and appreciate kitchen gadgets Order Cabinets and well-designed appliances. “There was no cutting corners on this appliance package,” Salimena says. On the right, the island features a built-in microwave drawer. On the left is a steam and convection oven, regular oven and warming drawer.
Floor. Dark gray-stained white oak also provides contrast and mediates between the white and walnut finishes.
Steel edging caps the top and bottom scalloped edges for protection from nicks and Order Cabinets bumps and to discreetly integrate the custom steel tab pulls for the doors.
Before. Previously at the rear of the house, a small cavelike covered patio off the laundry room overlooked an uninspiring expanse of concrete.Hammer & HandAfter. A custom 12-foot-wide pair of sliding doors now establishes a physical and visual connection between the kitchen and the enlarged covered outdoor space. A mahogany deck with a clear coat replaced the concrete patio.
Before. Here’s a look at the wall that previously separated the Order Cabinets kitchen from the backyard. On the other side was a powder room and laundry room. To the left of the bookcase is a door leading to a breezeway.
After. This photo looks slightly more to the left than the previous photo but shows how, with the removal of the wall, there’s now a connection to the backyard — a portion of the new windows is seen to the right.
Before. These original floor plans show the former U-shaped Order Cabinets kitchen at the top left and the wall and fireplace in the center. Those elements, and the laundry room and powder room, shown below and left of the center wall, cut off the kitchen from the backyard and pool, at bottom.After. With the dividing wall and fireplace removed, the kitchen expanded to include a large island and better Order Cabinets connection to the new pool deck. The powder room moved to a portion of a breezeway, while the laundry room moved to the basement."