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Project Name
  Mid Century Modern Art Kitchen
Project Address
  7717 Canterbury Street
Prarie Village, Kansas 66208
United States
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Project vision or goals

This Kitchen Remodel project focused on bringing the kitchen of a 1956 Eichler-Architected, Drummond-built original structure that still retained its midcentury construction methods, electrical, and many original materials up to code + comfort for a modern family of four + a nosy, beloved dog.

Project Goals
The goals of this Kitchen Project were ambitious: 1. A sensitive remodel to an original mid-century structure. 2. Much-needed increased functionality for modern family living, including:

• Additional storage
• Creating a Pantry
• Increasing Laundry Function
• Adding a Mud Room
• Increased Work Triangle function for an active Cook
• Increased security from the dog

4. Quality of Craftsmanship and Materials that could last another half a century; with Sustainability considered.

5. Fine Art at the heart of the design: The only known entity at this project’s inception was 4 limited edition Eames bar stools wrapped in Basquiat artwork that were slated to be the stars of the bar.

In short, they wanted a fine art dream kitchen that honored the roots of the home, but made modern living easier and could stand the test of time.

Project challenges
  Project challenges started with structural & mechanical. When originally built, this home didn’t contain wall cavities to run mechanicals. Structural reinforcements were required to bring framing up to code. We worked with engineers to add beam support without detracting from the design. Precise measurements, including capturing the angle of the original 1950’s roof slope, resulted in an intensely careful Space Plan. Meticulous problem-solving then produced a hard-working Floor Plan: Since this is a “through” room on three sides including two major hallways, walkways were left open to allow for natural flow while simultaneously packing function and storage into the working areas of this Kitchen. ADA compliance was considered regarding walkways and access: This is a ranch home and would be an excellent ADA-functioning home. Electrical was re-run and cleverly encased to power new functionality. Plumbing was also re-run, which involved cutting approximately 20 feet of trough into the original slab in order to position a sink into the island. The new location of the sink thus allowed the range to be located on the central wall, vented out through the original plank ceiling for the first time in the home’s history.
Project solutions
  After extensively interviewing the clients on how they cook, launder and live, we moved the stacked washer/dryer out of the former entryway from the garage and leveraged an unused cavity carved out of the adjacent garage wall in order to create a Pantry + Laundry Center. The ‘extra’ challenge here: Following the original roof slope.

We learned the clients hung their clothes to dry, so we framed in mesh at the top of this center to allow airflow when doors are shut. Custom bifold doors that rotate from heavy-duty floor-mount hinges allow the doors to completely open for working or completely close when not in use. When open, there's a gigantic rollout Pantry to the left, and a functional Laundry to the right. When closed, it's a sleek corridor of doors that follows the roofline.

With the washer/dryer now moved out of the garage entry hall, we were able to create a functional mud room in this area which features custom cabinetry in cheerful Waterfall blue with a bank of drawers + charging power for devices on one side, and a welcoming mud bench with open hooks and shoe storage on the other.

Next, we maximized the Work Triangle functionality by creating a 10-foot island facing the dining area that would serve as both a workhorse and stage for the cook, with chef’s prep sink, ice maker, and trash/recycling center in Pure White cabinetry featuring soft-close tension drawers that are dog-proof. Custom concrete tops waterfall the sides—an innovation we achieved. Under the bar side of this island, hidden push-to-open doors added 10 more feet of easy-access storage.

On the wall facing the island, we centered the induction range and vented it out through the ceiling with a custom-fabricated, powder-coated hood by Strother Fabrication. Also on this wall is the chef’s refrigerator and microwave, housed in book-matched custom walnut cabinetry topped in Arctic White. Backing all of this is a hand-glazed masterpiece of a tile backsplash by Mercury Mosaics out of California adorning the full wall. The pattern is named “Eichler Blend” in homage to the original architect and features the defining cheerful colors of this space.

Last but not least, adjacent to the work triangle is a bespoke walnut coffee station and bar constructed at half-depth. This hardworking hub houses coffee, bar supplies, and a lower wine cabinet. It’s backed by ribbed glass back-painted in the same cheery Waterfall blue as the Mud Room for a bright start to every day.

For the remaining finishes, we opted to stay with cork flooring for its inherent properties of insulation, soundproofing, and longevity but updated it. For lighting, we retained the original Eichler globe pendants but carefully cut the stems down to accommodate the husband's 6'4" height: A previous conflict! Then we rehung the original artwork created together by the family at the kitchen’s heart. When we finally placed the Basquiat-wrapped barstools at the bar, an absolutely unique fine art dream kitchen was born.
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Photographer Name
  Matthew Anderson
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  Matthew Anderson Photgraphy
Photographer Phone
  (913) 915-1349
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  Sub Total $175.00
  Total $175.00

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