The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home
The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home
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The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home

Decades ago, the kitchen used to be a utilitarian space hidden from view. Now kitchens have become the heart of the home and are multi-purpose rooms with eat-in areas, an office space, and even espresso stations. The Mott Family was ready for an update after living in their Cape Cod-style home in Cranford, NJ for about 10 years. The Motts love to entertain and often host many parties for their children as well as their friends and family. The first floor had a cluster of rooms that needed reconfiguring – the family/living room, the entertainment room which had a bar, the dining room, and the kitchen. The entertainment room served almost as the anteroom to the kitchen, but the larger issue was that the rooms were all about the same size and shut off from each other.

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The original eat-in kitchen.

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The original kitchen with a view the doorway into the entertainment/bar room.

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View of the original entertainment/bar room and the family room beyond.

The solution was to knock down the walls between the existing kitchen and entertainment room, as well as the wall between the kitchen and the dining room. Although one existing window had to be removed, the move made the kitchen the entertainment center of the house. The ten foot long island gives ample room to seat guests. The larger opening between the family room and kitchen creates a better flow. Also, knocking down the wall between the dining room and the eat-in kitchen towards the back of the house allows more light into the house and makes year-around entertaining much easier.

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View of the new kitchen. The kitchen window is in its original location and glass-paned pocket doors were installed between the family room and the new kitchen.

The Angel White perimeter cabinets lighten up the room and the Dover Gray cabinets in the island serves as a great accent. The carefully selected granite countertop ties the color palette all together.

Of course knocking down walls may not be the solution for all projects since there are several issues to consider if you’re thinking about it. If you’d like to talk to us and see what we can do for you, please call us at 908-273-9011.

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