Northshore Home

Fall 2015

Northshore Home magazine highlights the best in architectural design, new construction and renovations, interiors, and landscape design.

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60 FALL 2015 date their needs. So they were surprised to hear from Michael Frechet, director of LIVE Architectural Specifica- tion & Design, that the area was big enough to house the kitchen of their dreams. "They had plenty of square footage," says Frechet, who Scarfo and Saltsman tapped to design their long- anticipated renovation. "It's just that most of it was underutilized. I reconfigured openings to rooms so there'd be a flow through the kitchen only if you're meaning to go there." He took down the wall between the dining room and kitchen, relocated the entrance to the family room, and replaced the entryway from the main foyer with built-in pantry storage and a space to organize mail and paperwork. The previous kitchen design had left the homeown- ers feeling that the room was too dark, a problem that Drawers that function like cabinets have replaced cabinets lost when new windows were installed. Frechet solved by incorporating a wall of windows fac- ing the backyard. The change required removing the up- per cabinetry on the back wall, and then unifying that space with the rest of the room using custom millwork. "The millwork was key to the design in this," he says. "I took cabinetry and integrated it internally, so all the millwork is on one plane and connects seam- lessly to the step-out crown, avoiding strips cluttering wall space." In a series of continuous horizontal lines, the casing above the doors, cabinetry, windowed wall, and dining room extend unbroken. As a result, the row of large windows fits well into the larger design, and the room has a cohesive, calming quality. "The focus was to keep those horizontals going," says Frechet. "It gives the space the serenity that we were looking for." kitchens

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