Seaview Kitchen & Living Room Remodel
Rex Awards 2019: Kitchen Excellence
Our clients enjoy cooking and entertaining. Their vision was to open and connect three separate rooms, kitchen, sitting and formal dining rooms, to create a single open and modern space. This would be a space where everyone could engage and participate in the activities.
Opening these spaces required complex structural engineering. The wall removals required supporting the loads from the second floor and meeting the engineering requirements for shear wall and lateral support. These beams and their connections to the posts they sit on were a challenge to install because of the complex nature in which the home was originally framed. All these loads had to be carried through the finished basement below and rest on new footings below the basement floor.
The center kitchen island was expansive with a single slab countertop that would provide both workspace and counter seating. This slab at 64x120 and 789 lbs. required careful planning for on-site labor, transfer routing and precision installation. Natural daylight now floods the space from all directions. For evening, recessed can lighting runs throughout – all on dimmers for ambiance.
The Better Builders design team guided the selection of hardwoods and staircase details, cabinetry, countertops, tile and color. The muted palette and clean lines work well with our couple’s eclectic furnishings and artworks. Now traffic and activities flow better and every inch of the previously divided space is utilized and enjoyed. The outcome is exactly as our homeowners envisioned…and as we intended.