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Home Builders Association of Charlotte
Excellence In Remodeling 2013 – Gold Award Winner
Kitchens Under 60K

This 50’s built Saltbox, 3-bedroom home had a cluttered kitchen of only 87.5 SF and an adjacent dining room of 106 SF. The challenge for the architect was to combine the functions of these two rooms while creating a semi-formal dining area and functional uncluttered kitchen for an avid and talented cook.

The existing front living room provided an adequate seating area, as did the screened-in porch in the rear of the house. The porch was difficult to access from the kitchen and hall areas. The central hallway and staircase were previously created by the sacrifice of one bedroom on the main floor to accommodate the access to a new second floor master suite. The access problem was mitigated by the inclusion of 7-foot wide French doors for dual access from the stair hallway and the kitchen area. The wide hallway was enhanced by the adaptation of the client’s antique furniture to form a bar and serving station. Additionally, the hallway was modified to accommodate laundry functions, previously part of the kitchen.

To add formality to the kitchen, the plans downplayed the kitchen aspect and played up the dining aspect. One color for walls, cabinets, countertops and paneled DW and Fridge all helped to make the combined spaces look larger and uncluttered. No countertop appliances were added and no overhead cabinets were used. All cabinets were stock sizes except for the large appliance garage at one end of the countertop that was designed to accommodate the “baking center.” A custom-made, metal-topped table was designed to add richness to the space and to serve as additional workspace, if needed.

Casement windows utilizing existing masonry openings were added to provide better daytime lighting and openness. “Task to Mood” lighting was carefully planned to improve the ambiance for each activity.

Winning The Home Builders Association of Charlotte 2013 Excellence in Remodeling Gold Award for “Kitchens < $60 K provides ample validation for achievement of design and craftsmanship objectives. Even SMALL SPACES can be made to WORK LARGE!

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