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Before. The homeowners found their existing 1970s kitchen dark and cramped, and they Buy Cabinets Direct disliked that the wall to the right made it feel closed off from the living room. “The parents couldn’t see what the kids were doing when they were cooking together in the kitchen,” says designer Terah Beth Baltzer Varga.
After. This photo, taken from the same angle as the previous photo, shows how removing the peninsula and the wall to the right changed everything. “We were lucky that the wall separating the kitchen and living room was not structural,” the designer says. “That was a huge cost saver.”
Before. This view from the living room shows how the original kitchen sat behind a wall.The Jack + Mare | Buy Cabinets Direct Portland Design & BuildAfter. Now, shown from the same angle as the previous photo, the kitchen, dining room and living room are one big, open, connected space. With crisp white cabinetry and more natural light shared between areas, the overall look is brighter, something highly sought-after in rainy Portland. “You need to be able to look outside and see the sky,” Baltzer Varga says.
Island top. The single-slab maple countertop is 38.5 inches wide and 51 inches long, with a 13.5-inch overhang on the seating side. It was milled from a fallen tree on a street on the University of Buy Cabinets Direct Portland campus, which, as it turned out, was along a path one of the homeowners used to frequent as a child.
When the woodworker was milling the lumber, he found a bullet — estimated to be 40 years old — lodged within the trunk. The team incorporated this into the design by leaving the bullet exposed. “It’s a great conversation starter,” Baltzer Varga says.The Jack + Mare | Portland Design & BuildWalled-in refrigerator. “If you’re not going to have a built-in refrigerator, making a cabinet for it makes a big difference,” Baltzer Varga says. She created a nook by adding a panel on the right side and extending the hallway wall to Buy Cabinets Direct cover the left side of the fridge. “When people are looking toward the kitchen from the living room, they see the art on the wall, not the side of a refrigerator,” she says.
Hardworking cabinets. Pullouts and corner systems make efficient use of storage space, as do custom cabinets extending all the way to the ceiling.
Perimeter countertop. A smoky gray quartz fits the contemporary style and allows the Buy Cabinets Direct white subway tile backsplash and accessories to pop. Baltzer Varga made sure to create plenty of roomy countertop areas so the homeowners can work side by side comfortably.
Efficient range and sink. To get more counter space next to the fridge, the designer moved the range onto the wall with the sink and dishwasher. This included moving the gas line, an extra expense Buy Cabinets Direct that was worth it for the added prep area and the optimized workflow. The sink remained in the same place but was replaced with a slightly bigger and deeper 33-inch model with no divider.The Jack + Mare | Portland Design & BuildHeavy-duty floors. With an active dog, older cat and two small girls, durable floors were a must. Since scratchability was a big concern, Baltzer Varga went with the homeowner to test options. “We scratched the samples with our keys,” she says.
Beyond the kitchen. Because the open layout connects the kitchen with all the other Buy Cabinets Direct public spaces, the team didn’t want to leave the homeowners hanging with a disjointed home. They used color to pull the rooms together by painting the fireplace to match the kitchen walls and the walls in the living room to match the island cabinets."
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