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Mid-century modernized – A renovated kitchen by John DeForest Architects

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A renovated kitchen by John DeForest Architects

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The secret to any successful renovation is to build in added functionality. For the owners of this Mid-century Modern house, the original kitchen was not conducive to their lifestyle.

Architect John DeForest AIA and team worked with the structure to better realize its potential for contemporary living.

"Although the house had great bones, the kitchen, dining and living areas were poorly defined, with dated and worn finishes. The kitchen wrapped around an awkward room divider and turned its back on the rest of the family spaces."

"The owners needed a kitchen that would fulfill a range of functions, from entertaining to homework and art projects. From a practical standpoint, they wanted durable finishes and fixtures requiring minimal maintenance."

Non-loadbearing walls were removed and the overall space modified to include a mudroom plus pantry space and a sewing or homework area, says DeForest.


"The kitchen is now the hub of daily life, designed around the large island, which has plenty of storage and counter space, places to prep, clean up, do homework or have a coffee."

Credit List

Architect, interior and kitchen designerJohn DeForest AIA, Jessyca Poole and Eric Nebel, DeForest Architects (Seattle, WA)
Cabinet companyIkea
CabinetryAbstrakt high gloss white and Nexus brown/black
HardwareIkea (cabinets); Inox (doors)
Storage systemsIkea
Countertop surfacesChroma Quartz
FlooringDeco-Pour concrete topping
Doors and windowsMilgard aluminum
Dining furnitureCustom reclaimed urban hardwood dining table from Meyer Wells
LightingPele from Tech Lighting
BacksplashStainless steel
Kitchen sinkKohler
OvenBlueStar RCS series

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