|POTTING BENCH KITCHEN|
~ A retired husband with an etymologist wife.
~ A bungalow-style home, located in Ravenna district of Seattle.
~ Avid gardeners whose garden consisted of all edible plants. Landon responded to this by placing a “potting bench” in the center of the kitchen! (More information below pictures.)
~ They loved to eat on their deck.
~ Room for two.
~ More natural light.
~ AGA range.
~ A place for two to eat in the kitchen.
~ A bake center.
|Before remodeling, their existing kitchen was so frustrating that the client had prepared a three-page, single-spaced list of requirements! Their list started with: “The kitchen must be functional, with two or three work areas (prep, baking, clean-up), a comfortable place to spend time and efficiently cook with several looker-oners.” The list ended with this comment: “Nothing works about the kitchen…it is too small, insufficient storage, inconvenient storage, insufficient food prep area, stove/sink corner is insane…”|
|Solutions and Gains
~ Landon noted the negative impact that the home’s two staircases had on all three floors of the home.
~ The front stair landed in the living room; the back stair landed at a door to the backyard—not even into the kitchen!
~ The designer proposed flipping the back stairs (and also bringing it up to code!).
~ Light now reaches the center of the home
from the upstairs dormer.
By using extra-deep cabinets and full-extension guides, the designer gained 8” more usable drawer in the critical center of the kitchen. The second prep sink moved the garbage disposal from the “potting bench” to a more discrete location and supports the second cook.
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