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This remodeling project presents a contemporary aesthetic and achieves a sense of increased space despite being constrained by existing structural walls

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Remodeling can often be a case of change what you can and skillfully adapt what you can't. This is particularly true when the project involves a kitchen that needs to grow for increased family use – even if there is nowhere to actually expand to.

When designer Judy Mozen undertook this project it had particular relevance for her – she had designed the house more than twenty years before. However, times change and the owners wanted the new kitchen to be sleek and modern, with more room to move – even though the existing kitchen was bound by walls on three sides.

"The solution, in part, was to introduce a long, narrow island to the kitchen – which helped free up much-needed floor space," says Mozen. "We also removed a balustrade between the kitchen and living area and replaced it with three steps – this optimized connections between these spaces. The wall partition between the kitchen and the dining room was also reworked and improved."

The original kitchen had been in traditional oak, complete with wood floors. Mozen changed the feel of the space, partly through the switch from rustic wood to dark, modern cabinetry with slender, contemporary pulls.

Cabinetry designer Shirley McFarlane says the maple cabinetry doors are simple in design, with a dusk finish that augments the minimalist tone and allows the maple wood grain to show through.

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Another important addition was the introduction of a feature glass table, which can be raised or lowered, set at the end of the island.

As with many great ideas, a simple effect can require a major undertaking. Introducing the heavy glass surface and its stainless steel support, combined with a decision to floor the area in hard-wearing tiles, added considerably to the overall weight. Consequently, an engineered floor system with wood blocking and bracing was installed to support these elements.

Mozen says the extensive behind-the-scenes work required to set this feature in place also had an added effect – the reconsidered use of an adjacent room.

"The oversized counter has effectively changed the purpose of the breakfast room alongside," she says. "The owners used to have coffee and toast in this large, sunny space but they now have morning meals at the glass bistro table at the end of the kitchen island. The breakfast room is instead used for watching television – having a handy place to watch television was another part of the design brief."

Credit List

Designer Judy Mozen, CR NARI, CGB NAHB, GAHBA, Handcrafted Homes (Roswell, GA)
Kitchen cabinet designer Shirley McFarlane CKD, McFarlane Design
Kitchen manufacturer Acorn Kitchens
Cabinetry Maple with dusk stain; Newport Slab Door
Countertops Thermo-formed glass in Natura pattern from ThinkGlass; granite in Mozambique White from G&L Marble; CaesarStone in Misty Carerra from Surface Encounters
Tile Stone Works by Flor Gres from Traditions in Tile, installed by DW Sanders Tile & Stone; Stone White from Stone Works Doors and windows Pella Casements
Backsplash Mini Sticks; Flax Mandala; Wolf gang S'White/Stilato satin and glossy mixed; Wolf gang S'White/Baton Pencil glossy
Kitchen sink Franke Orca sink from Ferguson Enterprises; Kohler in stainless steel from Ferguson Enterprises
Oven Existing Thermador with new doors from Sewell Appliances
Cooktop Wolf
Ventilation Vent-A-Hood
Microwave KitchenAid
Refrigeration Existing Sub-Zero with new panels from Ferguson Enterprises
Dishwasher Bosch
Waste InSinkErator
Lighting Design Lighting; C Lighting
Kitchen furniture Nara bar stools, Capri sofa and chair, all from Pacific Showrooms

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