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The homeowners who enjoy cooking and entertaining wanted to change the look, improve the flow and increase the functionality of their kitchen.
By eliminating the peninsula, the island was enlarged to include space for seating, food preparation, sink, dishwasher, microwave, warming drawer and storage. The new layout also permitted room for another food preparation area which is ideal for entertaining. Warmer tones and new features such as the arched entryway, half walls with columns, French doors and enhanced lighting help to completely transform this kitchen.
Existing conditions created project challenges. In the far corner of the kitchen there was a rarely used indoor grill whose stone surround was attached to the floor to ceiling fireplace in the adjoining family room. To make this area useful and maintain the … Read More »
To earn the Energy Star, a home must meet strict guidelines set out by the U.S. EPA. In meeting these guidelines, a home will become 20-30% more efficient than standard homes built to code. A series of energy efficient improvements that could be included, but not limited to, in the home design are:
Effective Insulation Systems – Properly installed and inspected insulation in floors, walls, and attics ensures even temperatures throughout the house, reduced energy use, and increased comfort.
High Performance Windows – Energy-efficient windows employ advanced technologies, such as protective coatings and improved frames, to help keep heat in during winter and out during summer. These windows also block damaging ultraviolet sunlight that can discolor carpets and furnishings.
Tight Construction and Ducts – Sealing holes and cracks in the home’s “envelope” and in heating and cooling duct systems helps reduce drafts, moisture, … Read More »