Launch Slideshow

Clean & Clear

Clean & Clear

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    Courtesy J. Francis Company

    BEFORE: This century-plus row home was one of the few waiting for updates.

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    Courtesy J. Francis Company

    BEFORE: The original kitchen was cramped, dark, and inefficient.

  • Architect/Designer/Contractor: Dave Myers, J. Francis Company, LLC, Pittsburgh, Pa.

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    Steven Dietz

    AFTER: The new kitchen expands into the dining room. At the far end, is a deck with outside seating. PRODUCTS: Miele dishwasher and oven; Northland refrigerator; Mockett hardware; Hensen Fine Cabinetry; Blanco plumbing fittings; Lightolier Evolution Series lighting

  • Architect/Designer/Contractor: Dave Myers, J. Francis Company, LLC, Pittsburgh, Pa.

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    Steven Dietz

    The custom cabinets designed by Hensen Fine Cabinetry have heavy-duty, full-extension, concealed slides and offer a variety of storage options.

  • Architect/Designer/Contractor: Dave Myers, J. Francis Company, LLC, Pittsburgh, Pa.

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    Steven Dietz

    The view from the deck into the kitchen through the new steel door

Priorities

  • Solve structural issues; create a contemporary black-on-white kitchen; combine functional space; bring in light

Solutions

When demolition began, J. Francis Co. found brick exterior­ walls in danger of collapse, a variety of structural framing issues, and knob-and-tube wiring in this kitchen. The team built load-bearing temporary walls and laid brick veneer walls. They replaced the damaged ¾-inch pine flooring with salvaged heart pine flooring finished with a patina to match the other flooring in the house. To gain light, a “full-view” steel door onto the deck was installed. Walls and ceilings were plaster-coated to give the look and feel of the original.

To satisfy the clients’ ideas for a modern palette, the team used custom white oak cabinets and stained graphite and concrete countertops.

Judges’ comments

“The custom shelf details mimic what they once had but in a modern way,” the judges said, “and the windows are organized nicely.” Also praised was the attention to detail — how the “countertop comes up, and how the tile is detailed under window.” —Stacey Freed, senior editor, REMODELING.


Spec List

Countertops: Outlaw Studio

Dishwasher: Miele

Entry doors: Bliss Nor-Am

Hardware: Mockett

Kitchen cabinets: Hensen Fine Cabinetry

Lighting fixtures: Lightolier

Oven: Miele

Paints/stains: Sherwin Williams

Refrigerator: Northland

Windows: Pella Corp.