So Much for that '60s Look

By The Old House Web

So much for that 1960s look . . .

A 1960s remodeling project left this kitchen looking out of place in a stately residence filled with touches of the craftsman era. The working kitchen was tucked into a small, cramped area, although the adjoining space was large.

The new kitchen boasts a two-tiered angled island for everyday casual dining or entertaining. Angles throughout the space direct the eye to the picturesque window, while keeping traffic flow moving. Professional cooking equipment, a homeowner requirement, is warmed up by the surrounding frameless maple cabinetry and matching appliance panels. Easy-to-maintain honed granite counters minimize reflective glare, while providing a durable surface for serious cooks.

By opening a wall between the kitchen and laundry area and eliminating a second sink, the designer was able to make room for a generous desk and computer work station. Another wall between the kitchen and dining room that had been removed during the prior renovation was put back in its place. This alone improved the layout and added a large continuous run for work and storage space. Brushed finishes on the door hardware, faucet and hanging light fixtures give the kitchen a timeless appeal.

This kitchen earned a second-place award in the National Kitchen and Bath Association's 1998 Design Competition.

Designer: Jim Wallen, CKD
Company Name: Acorn Kitchen & Bath

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