This side view of the kitchen looking toward the living room shows how the island was placed to allow good traffic flow in and out of the space. A wide aisle between the range and the sink in the island makes it easy to move between the kitchen’s work zones.
This view shows the dining room's central location off the home's front entry, now part of an open great room with wonderful flow and a coordinated look and feel. Removing walls allowed a better connection between spaces and increased the natural light that now floods into this urban home.
This view looking from the fireplace area off the dining room toward the modern open kitchen and living room shows the great flow between spaces on the lower level of this extensively renovated urban home.
This view looking into the kitchen from the great room highlights the strong connection between spaces and the good flow in the main level of this livable coastal modern home. The kitchen’s existing low ceiling was raised and vaulted, to match the ceiling in the great room and give the space a sense of airiness.
From behind the island, you can see into the living room and talk with guests while working on a gourmet meal that can easily be transported to the dining room just steps away. Removing walls, installing a steel beam and opening up the first floor of the home with the addition at the back transformed the property and made it much better suited for modern urban living.
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This wide view of the dining room with the 4-panel sliding patio doors on the left side and open-concept kitchen in the background highlights the prefinished engineered floor in a few shades darker than the grayish-brown walls. The durable flooring helps create great flow and a smooth transition between the main living areas of the home.