Transforming a '50s Kitchen
Designer Karen Feldheim lets in more natural light and divides a long line of appliances to modernize a dated kitchen.
- By Rose Kennedy
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Karen shares large and small strategies that pulled this 50-year-old kitchen into the 21st century, along with advice for finding someone to create a similar transformation in your kitchen:
Take a seat — at the counter: At the time this kitchen was built, most kitchens included a table and four chairs. "Today the trend is to have some casual seating in the kitchen and to eat regular family meals in what was once the formal dining room," says Karen. For this remodel, she tapped into the trend with seating beneath a counter, which can double as a serving area or prep space when the seats are removed or tucked in.
When you design such seating, though, you must leave sufficient space for people to walk around and work in, she notes. "The minimum aisle space is 36 inches," says Karen. "In tight spaces you don't want seats that look too heavy, so opt for stools."
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