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6 Magnificent Makeovers: Clutter Contained

Kitchen renovation in Brookline

6 Magnificent Makeovers: Clutter Contained

Cutting Edge Homes

When the chaotic and cumbersome kitchen of a top-floor condo in Brookline was crying out for an overhaul, Cutting Edge Homes answered its call. The fine homebuilder and remodeler reworked the cooking area, entry hall and surrounding closets to trade the disjointed layout for an open-concept plan that isn’t cut off from the home’s other spaces.

Kitchen renovation before and after

In addition to removing some walls, the firm borrowed a few feet from awkward kitchen closets that were deeper than they were useful and from a disproportionately oversized entry hall, explains Cutting Edge Homes’ Chief Designer and COO Anu Shah. They also removed a structural bearing wall where the ovens are currently and flush-framed a beam into the existing roof to keep the kitchen streamlined and unobstructed.

The structural revisions bought the dream kitchen an additional two feet and significantly improved its functionality. The previously overwhelmed and underperforming space is now smartly configured; three slender stone counters yield plenty of workspace, the laundry(!) has been relocated by the bedrooms and the clutter has been tamed by rows of additional storage.

Home renovation design in New England
Photography by Patrick O'Malley

And that’s not all Cutting Edge Homes had up its sleeve. The firm also incorporated a number of space-saving solutions, like choosing a Wolf rangetop over a full range to allow storage for pots and pans underneath and positioning the lesser-used wall and steam ovens to a less trafficked area. They tucked the microwave into the pantry to keep the counters clear, and built in refrigerated Sub-Zero drawers, in addition to the main refrigerator, that the kids can readily access for drinks and snacks.

Beautiful home makeover design build in New England
Photography by Patrick O'Malley

There are also, of course, the aesthetics. The new look is as immaculate as it is warm, with gleaming quartersawn white oak with a clear finish on the cabinetry and hardwoods and a spirited French blue on the center island. Yet perhaps the most gratifying part of the redesign, shares Shah, is that the scale and proportions of the redone rooms are spot on. The new spaces feel natural in the home, as if they were built today.

See all 6 Magnificent Makeovers:
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Room with a View
Master(ful!) Bedroom
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