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In contrast to more traditional homes, which tend to shut out the site, this midcentury modern house attracted Amy and Matt Collins because of its many views of the wooded property. The living areas are wrapped mostly in glass, so the open interior living spaces are brightly lit. And because it was affordably priced, they knew they’d be able to make improvements in the future. Their first project was to add a master suite and a studio for Matt, who is an illustrator and works at home. They knew they’d need to address the outdated and clunky kitchen soon after. When a tree fell on the house and damaged the roof above, they took the opportunity to remodel all of the living areas. A 312-sq.-ft. solution It was easy to see what was wrong with Amy and Matt’s kitchen, and it was more than just the kitchen itself that wasn’t working. There were big problems to solve that included the surrounding dining and living rooms, and the entry too. The existing kitchen—built circa 1980—had a narrow Pullman-style layout, which dead-ended against a bathroom wall. The cabinetry was ubiquitous (and pretty ugly) ’80s white laminate. With the kitchen located right next…
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