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PROBLEM After years of occupancy, the middle-aged owners of circa-1990’s Colonial were looking for ways to improve the comfort and functionality of rear rooms that include the kitchen and an adjacent family room. Among evident problems: the kitchen floor plan is poorly-conceived and cramped for space causing unnecessary inefficiencies in many food preparation tasks, the food preparation island consumes too much floor space; inhibits traffic a family room–separated from kitchen by a bearing wall with a 4’ opening–is uncomfortably cramped there is non-functioning former mudroom a back door that exists from the kitchen is too small existing wallpaper carpet/ vinyl/wood are worn and dated GOAL Create “open” kitchen/ family room suite with well-delineated use zones, substantial upgrades in storage, working efficiencies and overall aesthetics. SOLUTIONS install Brazilian cherrywood flooring throughout first level; install complementary stair treads and railings [for easier access] design and install new fireplace surround and mantel; Open bearing wall between family room and dining room; implement structural solution by shifting loads to horizontal microlam beam supported by vertical shafts; seamlessly integrate new supports into interior design scheme. replaces small door on rear elevation with double French doors; again, implement seamless structural solution; Convert mudroom to full first floor laundry room with washer and dryer Slobe sink , wood floor (smooth transition) additional cabinets design and construct an island for wheelchair accessibility at dining room counter.
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