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Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 | 0 comments

Converting a Wall into a Dining Peninsula

Converting a Wall into a Dining Peninsula

One of the downsides of buying a home that has just been renovated is that you are left with the previous owner’s design choices. This was the case with the kitchen in the house we bought earlier this year. While we liked the kitchen’s stainless appliances and granite counters, one thing stuck out like a sore thumb — the bar height wall dividing the kitchen from the front living space. What’s the point of a wall this high and narrow? For us, it became a dumping ground for recyclables on their way outside and mail waiting to be sorted. It was too narrow to eat on and there wasn’t enough space to put a table on the kitchen side. We also faced another issue — where do we eat? There really is no dining room in the house. It’s a sideways cape with a very compartmentalized layout. Some of our neighbors have transformed one of the two main level bedrooms into dining rooms, but we needed both of the...

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Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 | 1 comment

A Dated Del Ray Kitchen’s DIY Makeover

A Dated Del Ray Kitchen’s DIY Makeover

When Christina and Christopher bought their 1930s Del Ray home last year, it came with many charming features including wood floors, original moldings and arched entryways. But it also came with something not-so-charming, a dated kitchen. Before we show how they worked their DIY magic, here are the photos from the 2014 MLS at the time they bought the house: Pondering renovation options, Christina remembered reading our post that showed how Angela’s family renovated their equally dated kitchen. She liked how Angela kept the original footprint of her kitchen and maintained the size and character of her home. Christina and Christopher also considered putting an addition onto the back of the house, but in the end, they decided they would save money, do much of the work themselves and keep the kitchen the same size, just with a more modern aesthetic. Six long weeks later, and with the help of a few subcontractors (tile, drywall and floors), the kitchen was done. All the cabinets, the butcher block counters, the...

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Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 | 4 comments

Christina and Brad’s Del Ray Rowhouse Remodel, Part 2

Christina and Brad’s Del Ray Rowhouse Remodel, Part 2

Earlier this year, we took you on a tour of Christina and Brad’s Del Ray rowhouse, just weeks before construction on a 3-floor renovation was to begin. Now, three months later, we’re back to show you the reveal of one of the completed projects, their gorgeous new kitchen. To recap, here was the kitchen before work started. It was an original Del Ray galley, closed off from the main living area with very little usable space. What the house did have, however, was a small addition off the back used for kitchen storage. But even with the addition, the kitchen wasn’t functional. Christina and Brad hired MW Construction to do what other Del Ray homeowners have done, tear down the wall between the kitchen and the dining room, add more counter and cabinet space and modernize the look of the kitchen. Christina sent me these photos of the construction underway. It was a complete gut job. The view of the closed-off kitchen from the dining room: Former location of...

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Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 | 1 comment

Alto-Hartley: Commercial Kitchen Supplies at Home

Alto-Hartley: Commercial Kitchen Supplies at Home

Driving down Eisenhower Ave. last week to pick up my kids from camp, I passed the Alto-Hartley restaurant equipment showroom. At first I didn’t pay much attention, but when I saw the signs in the window saying “no membership required” and “open the public,” I had to stop. Commercial kitchen equipment? Hmmm… I’m glad I went inside because what I found was not just for restaurants, there was a ton of commercial grade supplies for the home cook as well. Pots and pans, baking sheets, storage and serving equipment, shiny stainless spoons and ladles, brightly colored tongs and cutting boards, knives and graters galore. They also sell appliances — commercial grade mixers, Vitamix blenders, microwaves and ranges. I left with a few small things I’d been wanting for a while — a lemon juicer, tortilla press, pastry cutter and a saute pan. The showroom is located at 4601-A Eisenhower Ave. across from Restaurant Depot. If you’re looking for a place to buy commercial grade equipment for your home without...

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Posted by on May 27, 2015 | 3 comments

Maria’s Kitchen Renovation: The Reveal

Maria’s Kitchen Renovation: The Reveal

Maria couldn’t be happier with how her rowhouse kitchen renovation turned out.¬†Ultimately, she decided to emulate Mark and Sally’s eat-in kitchen with built-in banquette, while making some unique layout choices and adding her own design flourishes. Her “before” space was divided into small rooms. Here is the original dining room… And here is one wall of the original galley kitchen. The opposite wall where Maria has her sink, dishwasher, and refrigerator didn’t change at all. Maria kept all of the same appliances and cabinetry in her new kitchen overall. Maria’s contractor took down the door frame to the dining room and the center wall and then rerouted the ductwork. Which created the space for a cozy eating and lounging space in the dining area. Maria purchased a tall vintage cabinet to go against the far corner of the dining room that doubles as her pantry. She also added new butcher block countertops to go next to the oven, which is now on the wall opposite the back door and...

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