What a better blog than an article written about Dynamic Kitchens and Interiors in the Wilmington Magazine for January/February 2015! We could have not said it better! Enjoy and Happy New Year!
By CHRISTINE HENNESSEY
It has been said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. (It’s also been said that a clean kitchen is a sign of a wasted life, and to that we say: no comment.) Originally carved out for the sole purpose of preparing and serving dinner, kitchens have spent the last few years enjoying a quiet (and mostly clean) evolution. They’ve become a place to serve and share meals, a space where parties inevitably gather, a comfortable spot where children can complete homework assignments and help mom and dad with the cooking, and the backdrop for important conversations and lasting memories.
If your resolutions for 2015 include an updated kitchen, there are plenty of professionals in Wilmington who can help get the job done. This is especially true for spaces that don’t seem to offer an easy solution—the longer we stare at them, the more issues we see. A professional designer, on the other hand, is trained to transform those problems into possibilities.
To help illustrate such possibilities, we asked a few local designers to share a project where a fresh and unique approach saved the day, and the kitchen. We hope they inspire you to see you own space in a new light.
Alice Evans has been the owner of and designer for Dynamic Kitchens and Interiors since 1997. When a recent client approached her with not one but two problems, Evans dove right in. The first issue involved the client’s height. Shorter than average, it was difficult for her to see over the kitchen’s pass-through into the dining room, or to work comfortably at the counter tops. The other issue was that the kitchen was designed with one chef in mind, but in practice there were many cooks in the family, her husband, and their two teenaged children were all interested in the culinary arts, which made it difficult to prepare meals as a family.
Evans tackled the first problem by lowering the pass-through so all family members had a clear view of the dining room, regardless of height. As for the workflow problem, Evans deftly redesigned the kitchen island. On one side, chairs were placed catty-corner rather than in a line, making conversations more convenient. On the other side, the countertop was lowered for easier food prep, and the oven and the refrigerator traded places. Finally, five-star meals for this family were a cinch.
Let There Be Light
There’s nothing quite like an abundance of natural light in a home, which is why this client was disappointed with her dark and dreary kitchen. She came to Dynamic Kitchens and Interiors, hoping Alice Evans could find a way to invite sunshine in and provide a view of the great outdoors despite the lack of windows.
While the idea of knocking down a wall might scare off some designers, Alice Evans had a secret weapon—her husband, John Evans, who just happens to be a builder. Together they designed and built a pass-through from the kitchen to the dining room, which conveniently faced the dining room’s large sliding glass doors. By moving the sink under the pass-through, the client is now able to enjoy the new view—and the sunshine—while washing dishes and preparing meals in her bright, light-filled kitchen. 910-763-9870; dynamickitchens.com