Remodel Rewind

remodel rewind

Sometimes a remodel is not a good thing. Such was the case when Elizabeth Goltz Rishel, certified kitchen designer and owner of Design by Orion, first encounted this 1924 Tudor home with a 1980s-style kitchen. "The previous owners did a lot of DIY projects and cut a lot of corners," she says. "The homeowner wanted to honor the original home designed by architect Edward Buehler Delk, AIA and bring the kitchen back to that style."

cabinetTaking into account the homeowner’s love of natural materials, the home’s architectural details and the functions of the space, they worked with Dave Dorau of Norton & Schmidt Consulting Engineers to design a plan to remove several loadbearing walls to open up the space. Arches throughout the house were reintroduced into the kitchen and breakfast room area. Hidden drawers, featuring the pressureactivated Servo Drawer System, add function to the sweeping space under the stairs and keep paperwork out of sight.

In this kitchen, the refrigerator becomes a natural focal point. Altenhofen Cabinets took the homeowner’s inspiration photos of an antique armoire and created the encasing for the refrigerator from salvaged walnut beams that were milled into lumber to create the surround and door fronts for the appliance. Various wood species throughout the space keep the look neutral yet interesting. “When mixing woods, there needs to be enough contrast between the wood tones to create an acquiredover- time look,” Rishel says.

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