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Kitchen in 1920s house has full makeover by Mikal Otten
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Houses built in the 1920s have character in abundance, but the space allocated to the kitchen is often minimal.

Such was the case with this 90-year-old house, but an innovative design solution has ensured the small kitchen is highly functional, and in keeping with the architectural integrity of the house.

Kitchen designer Mikal Otten of Exquisite Kitchen Design says earlier remodeling projects had lowered the original ceiling to enclose new plumbing from the master suite above. To create a more spacious look, the plumbing was moved and the ceiling raised once more the plumbing is now concealed behind cabinets. More space was also gained by removing a hall cupboard.


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View of kitchen designed by Mikal Otten of Exquisite Kitchen Design. White Carrara marble tiles complement against the backsplash and countertops.

"We added new pocket doors that are aligned with the large chandelier in the dining room," says Otten. "This house is all about symmetry, but there was nothing symmetrical in the old kitchen."

In contrast, the new layout presents two banks of white-painted, furniture-style maple cabinets, and a large island that forms a table at one end. Otten says the legs of the island echo the detailing on a mahogany newel post that is a centerpiece in the adjacent entry.

"The cabinets have a transitional design, with flush inset panels that are in keeping with the era of the house. We integrated the refrigerator and dishwasher and incorporated a pull-out pantry, so the functionality is there, but not always visible."

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Furniture-style cabinetry is a key feature of this new kitchen in an extensively remodeled 1920s house. The kitchen, designed by Mikal Otten of Exquisite Kitchen Design, includes a mahogany island that forms a table at one end. The detailing on the legs mimics an original newel post in the adjacent entry hall. A white Carrara marble countertop and white-painted maple cabinets provide a quiet backdrop to the owners collection of colorful Fiestaware.

What is on show, however, is the large, new La Cornue range in burgundy with polished nickel and stainless steel trim and hardware. To reinforce the range as the centerpiece, Otten custom designed a hood that features similar nickel and stainless steel.

Additional color is provided by the owners' collection of Fiestaware, which is highlighted by glass-fronted display cabinets.

Nov 30, 2011
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