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A large kitchen renovation starts with the same demo stage as a mid-size remodel but usually includes removing wall and ceiling drywall to expose the structural framing. At this point, the kitchen area is a blank canvas, ready for changes to partition walls, borrowing space from neighboring rooms or even bumping out an exterior wall or building an addition. Work of this scale is similar to new house construction, with the added challenge of tying into the existing structure and neighboring spaces and finishes.

First, the framing changes are made, which may include moving or adding windows or doors. The structural changes are followed by utility work. If the electrical upgrades are significant, or the house has been added onto, the job may include upgrading the home's service panel (breaker box) or adding a subpanel to supply the new electrical circuits. In addition, alterations to the heating and cooling (HVAC) system in the area are likely to be necessary.

With the utilities taken care of, finishing begins, starting with new drywall. Then the space is turned back into a kitchen: cabinets, countertop, flooring and appliances.

For this project, our main task was to rethink the spatial proportions and layout while making sure that the circulation flow and different work areas respond to the existing body of the building's interior.

The result is a functional, inviting space, reclaiming its role at the heart of the home as a gathering place for family and friends to cook, eat and entertain.


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