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Opening Up a Galley Kitchen – Part 4

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Galley Kitchen Enlarged And Opened to Dining Room

Galley Kitchen Enlarged And Opened to Dining Room

This is the 4th article about taking an isolated galley kitchen in an older home and making it the center of the family’s activities.
This 1930′s stone house with Tudor influences, fronts onto Sligo Creek Park in Silver Spring, MD in a beautiful setting of very tall oak trees.  Unfortunately, like many homes of it’s era, it did little to take advantage of the magnificent setting.  The galley kitchen was in the back and completely cut off from all rooms.  It was so small that the Refrigerator was relegated to a small add-on back vestibule.  The client’s budget didn’t allow an addition but they wanted a larger more central kitchen and to open the home to indoor/outdoor living.

Here are the steps we took:

  • In order to save money, we left the kitchen and it’s plumbing in place.
  • We removed the wall between the kitchen and the dining room. This allowed us to enlarge the kitchen — bringing the refrigerator into the kitchen and turning the back vestibule into a mud room entry.
  • We moved the range to the other side of the room (a relatively low-cost change) providing a better work triangle and more counter space around both the range and the sink.
  • We created a large pantry closet in a niche created behind the stairway by the longer cabinet run.
  • We also removed the wall between the living room and dining room creating a quite open floor plan.
  • We built a stone terrace that wrapped around the front and side of the house — the sides of the house with the views toward Sligo Creek
  • We replaced 3 sets of windows with French doors on 3 sides of the house.  Two sets open onto the new stone terrace.  One opens onto a back stone patio.  With the screened porch on the 4th side,  there are now garden rooms on all sides of the house.  The stone veneer on the terrace compliment the colors of the original stone facade making it feel like it’s always been there.
  • The stone terrace has railings with posts that go up to an 8 ft high beam with open rafters returning to the house.  The gives the feeling to both the homeowners and to the passing public that this is a private space instead of a public space on the front of the home.   Click here to learn more about this stone terrace.
  • Finally, a new powder room replaces an old coat closet; with the coat closet moving across the hall.

Floor Plan After Opening Up the Kitchen

Floor Plan After Opening Up the Kitchen

Floor Plan Before

Floor Plan Before

This home is a good example of how to achieve a much greater sense of space and openness without putting on a new addition.  Costs were kept down by working with the bones of the original house and limiting finish work.  The finish work that was done, though, yields a rich palette and a bright freshness.  For example, old, dark pine paneling was painted a bright white rather than replaced (see “A Coat of Paint“).  In the only splurge, we used concrete counters and a stone and glass backsplash in colors and textures that compliment the front stone facade.

Link to: Opening a Galley Kitchen Part 1
Link to: Opening a Galley Kitchen Part 2
Link to: Opening a Galley Kitchen Part 3

All images courtesy of Braitman Design/Buildd

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I'm the owner and principal of Braitman Design/Build. We remodel older homes within the urban and close-in suburban areas of Washington, DC. In addition to our full service Design/Build Practice We welcome small design projects and small home improvement projects. And consult with homeowners across the country who want to design and manage the remodeling process themselves. Finally, my work is informed by my experience as an exhibiting sculptor and designer. I truly work at the intersection of art, architecture and design. Please see for yourself the extraordinary result when architecture, design and art are seamless parts of the whole. Please also visit my sculpture website: www.jackiebraitman.com

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