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A cramped kitchen becomes a spacious new addition in a 1920s Dutch Colonial.

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  • Connect the kitchen with the family room

  • Keep the kitchen area defined via a large island

  • Maintain the 1920s Dutch Colonial aesthetic


When the clients approached Kathryn O’Donovan at Normandy Remodeling to refurbish their kitchen, their desires were clear: take the small space crammed between the family and dining rooms and create more of a connection and open feel to complement the home’s 1920s Dutch Colonial look.

O’Donovan recommended a small but vital addition so that the kitchen could flow beyond its original confines to seamlessly blend with the family room. However, to delineate the spaces and to balance the length of the newly elongated kitchen, a large marble-topped island with extra seating was added. A diagonal walk-in pantry and Sub-Zero fridge are located in the old kitchen’s space which now allows easy access from the new, all-white kitchen, adjacent dining room, and family room.

Judges’ comments

“The design enhances the living space and creates a much more successful kitchen.”

Products Used

Countertops:Ceasarstone 4030H (perimeter); Carrara marble (island)


Interior doors: ProBuild

Kitchen cabinets:Seville Cabinetry

Kitchen fittings:Grohe (Concetto collection)




Windows:Pella Proline Casements

Learn more about markets featured in this article: Chicago, IL.

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