Transforming a '50s Kitchen
Designer Karen Feldheim lets in more natural light and divides a long line of appliances to modernize a dated kitchen.
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In remodeling a 1950s-style kitchen, Karen Feldheim eliminated a solid wall of outdated appliances and installed new versions in niches that divide the work areas, improving traffic flow and allowing the cook plenty of counter space. "The budget allowed for all new appliances and we really gutted the place," says Karen, part of a team of designers from Dream Kitchens Inc., which serves the Chicago area.
But, she notes, a much more modest alteration included in the same design also had a big effect. "We added an attractive, light valance on the existing window and it makes a huge difference to have more natural light coming from there," she says. "That's the sort of little touch you can add to a lower-end kitchen without adding tons to your budget."
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