This kitchen needed some work !! We were called in to increase the efficiency, function and appearance of a kitchen that had been added in the mid fifties judging by the materials and cabinets used. The layout was poor, the appliances seemed to sit in the middle of the floor, there was no counter space, the ceiling was too low in half of the room since “the easy way out” had been taken when installing the previously added steel support . The flat roof above leaked and ponded water the traffic flow was poor since the kitchen door was the main home entrance from the rear garage, and intruded into the work areas. Our investigation of the structure indicated an addition in an addition which is always a remodeler’s nightmare . The sub floor was on three different levels and there was a large hump over the original foundation where settlement had occurred.
The object of the design was to come up with a functioning kitchen, improve the flow in the room and “RAISE THE ROOF”. A deck on the rear and some other alterations to an adjacent sun room would also enable us to achieve a better use of the entire rear area of the home.
Clyde Thomson came up with a design that made the most of the available space and accomplished all the clients desires. To gain storage space we needed to close in some side windows and it was decided to replace that lost light with new skylights. The rear door was relocated to allow for more contiguous counter space. Windows with poor site lines were replaced with larger openings with a better view and a redundant basement door was eliminated creating more wall space with which to work. The low ceiling and the brick wall above it were removed and new steel installed to flush the room ceilings. Skylights were added to the new ceiling area along with track lights that would illuminate the new raised area when natural light was not available. The remnants of several floors all on different levels necessitated the reframing of the room floor and the proper attachment of the new framing to the original house structure. Since most of the original heat source had been removed during the previous remodel and the one remaining radiator was inadequate and in the way , new and adequate heat was needed to heat the room the majority of which was built over an unheated exterior area way. Two “Runtal” radiators “hidden “ beside the entrance door and were supplemented with “Nu-Heat” electric heat matts installed under the ceramic tile. Other than that the job was a snap!
Cost and Square Footage
The footprint of the overall room increased by roughly 16 sq Ft, space that was captured from an adjacent laundry area refurbished as part of the job, but the apparent size of the room grew with better appliance integration, increased light and the higher ceiling. Total job cost exceeded $100,000.00
The project has resulted in a brighter, functional space that meets the families needs. The addition of windows and doors in the homes sun room now enables a circular flow onto the new rear deck which act as the entertainment hub of the home. The clients no longer freeze in the winter nor hunt for a bit of counter space on which to place a hot dish. There is even room for the tea pot collection in the glass front wall cabinet and the dogs dishes under the raised wall pantries. We had advised our clients not to move from their convenient “in town” location and I’m happy to report that they now are glad the took the advice.
Project principals included Clyde Thomson, designer; Mark Markie, lead carpenter; Casper Sippel Electric, Kennedy Porter Structural Engineers, and Nissel Plumbing and Heating. Photos are by Andres Frenyo
Products included: Adelphi Cabinets, Natural stone counters from Washington Marble in Ijamsville Maryland. Appliances from various manufactures came from Cummins Appliances and floor tile was Tagina Aurenta . The back splash was Pratt and Larson “Cream Crackle” tile from Chesapeake Tile accented with green glass inserts. Windows by Pella . We used “Velux” skylights with remote control capability and heat as described above.