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In Depth: Ann & Sean
Ann and Sean’s No. 1 priority was to open up the first-floor plan. The existing space, which housed the kitchen and sitting area, was fairly sizable, but could be made to feel much larger with some modifications. They wanted to make the dining room more accessible and to update the look and the feel of the kitchen. The objective for the kitchen was to make it a warmer, more inviting space, with higher-grade appliances.
Following subsequent meetings, Ann and Sean approved our recommend changes, which included eliminating a small hallway and removing partially the wall between the dining room and kitchen. The effect was to open dramatically the overall space. We amplified this feeling by adding a bump-out and replacing a small window with a much larger one, enabling Ann and Sean to place a sofa in the recessed space. Together, we achieved a warmer look and traditional design with a raised-panel door in cherry wood, incorporating several mullioned-glass doors with bead board on the back of the island and a decorative, molded baseboard, to finish it off with style. We reconfigured the front-foyer closet, to eliminate a conflict between the front and foyer doors as well as to use the space more effectively and allow for a larger opening into the adjacent family room.
Kitchen Center of Framingham redesigned Ann and Sean’s back foyer/laundry room into a mudroom. The new plan included a bench seat for removing & putting on shoes/boots with open storage below, a clothes rod for coats, hooks for backpacks and such, as well as baskets and enclosed cabinets. We also renovated the existing family room, making it feel more inviting with the addition of new windows above a new window seat, TV cabinet and bookcases.
“We felt comfortable working with The Kitchen Center based on past experience, but also because they gave us a very detailed estimate for the work that was planned. We were then able to make decisions about what was most important to us and were confident that we could stay within budget. Throughout the process, the staff was available and very responsive. In a project this size, there are always unexpected things that come up and they dealt professionally with each one very. Despite the many remodeling horror stories we had heard, our project went very smoothly and we are quite happy with the results.”
–– Ann & Sean
“This project represents the type of challenge I really enjoy. The clients’ ideas and our designs completely transformed the first floor of their home. Their home is so much larger, yet still cozy, and the kitchen functions very well for their lifestyle.”
–– Brian Forestal, Project Manager