Face Your Kitchen
Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

A well executed remodel never tells all

by Patricia Davis Brown
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Many remodels today involve removing walls and opening up the rooms to give the feeling of more space. In the planning phase, you have all the freedom of creating a design without any obstacles that might be hidden behind the walls. Reality hits when you unveil the rooms you are opening up and see the whole truth.

Kitchen remodel: how to hide the support columns

Tip number one…don't panic! As a designer who has been remodeling for a quarter of a century, I have learned that nothing is insurmountable. One must look at a problem and think, " How can I use this in my design as an asset? "

before kitchen remodel

before photo of kitchen and dining area

Before open kitchen remodel

The kitchen in the photos above is in a townhouse on the east coast of Florida, a family vacation get-away. The existing space was a small kitchen, small dining room and small living room. Because the view is the Atlantic ocean, the owners wanted an open kitchen plan.

kitchen remodel window problem

The great thing about this property is it is a corner unit with a view of the ocean not only from the back but also the side. Once interior walls came down, we discovered a dilemma. The windows were below kitchen counter height and did not align. As any good designer knows… Don't panic!

Solution: I looked at those windows to create a focal point, the dish pantry. A dish pantry in an open kitchen plan is wonderful, because there are not any walls for hanging cabinets. Not only are they practical but, they are beautiful. Now what to do about the windows below the counter?

kitchen window seat

kitchen remodel hides long windows beneath counter

On one I created a whimsical integral window seat that allows someone to sit and enjoy the view. The window that was slap-dab in the middle of my beautiful kitchen design became integral with the countertop. I had the contractor blackout the portion below the counter so you would not see it from the outside and I ran the countertop into the window as if it were the sill allowing the casing to end directly onto the countertop, a seamless fix!

I have seen people leave a support column in the middle of the room and be defeated by it. Even something like that can become part of the design, just by adding another column to create a cooking center and making it part of the plan.

kitchen remodel: support columns no problem

Now be brave and know nothing can stop you from achieving your perfect remodel!

kitchen remodel completed

About the Author
Interior designer Patricia Davis Brown specializes in kitchen and bath renovations, and is the owner of Patricia Davis Brown Designs. Brown's work has garnered 15 national and several state awards and been recognized in numerous national publications over her 26 years in the design industry. In 2010, she took her mastery of space planning and design national by launching a virtual design company, ProfessionalKitcheandBathPlans.com and her online store PDBhomestore.com. She also blogs about all things design at www.digthisdesign.net.

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