Connecting a Kitchen and Dining Room
This is a remodel we did for a customer in Durham referred to me by my friend and colleague Ellen Cassilly, of the firm Ellen Cassilly Architect, whose home we have also done some work on.

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    Dining Room Before
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    Kitchen Before
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    Dining Rom After
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    Kitchen After
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    A Good Connection
Ellen came up with a preliminary design and turned me loose on it. The customer wanted to connect the Dining Room to the Kitchen to bring more light and spaciousness to both rooms. We carefully kept the original solid pine paneling and carried it around the soffit on the Kitchen side. We used Hickory for the counter, hand scraped and finished with polymerized Tung oil. Recessed light fixtures in the soffit replaced the over-sink light to bring a lot more light into both rooms. The original design called for the wall to be opened all the way to the end by the dish washer. We discovered during our preliminary examination of the project that there was a plumbing drain vent in the wall, and that the wall we were opening up was carrying some of the second floor. Our very compitent plumber Garry Rigg at Hillsborough Plumbing solved the first issue with no problem. The second issue we solved by inserting a girder in the top of the wall, concealed by the soffit above the counter and carried by a post inside the end of the wall. We also made and installed the two plaques for displaying some of the customer’s collection of hand painted tiles, which made beautiful accents.

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