This home Morris County New Jersey home, built in 1992, had a kitchen with lacquer cabinets and laminate countertops which was a modern look at the time. Twenty years later, the new owner wanted her own vision and version of a modern kitchen. The project plan also included a makeover for the great room, including a wet bar, and built-in cabinetry for the adjacent family room.
To incorporate the homeowner’s wish list item of a large dine-at island instead of the existing peninsula the plan included removing the rear, structural wall and extending the kitchen two feet into the existing great room. This was not an easy task. Obviously a header beam was required, plus the floor framing needed to be extended, but also reconfiguration of the heat/cooling ducts, electrical, and plumbing was necessary. The change in the ductwork lead to installing an LG separate ductless mini-split heating and air conditioning unit to supply the great room on its own thermostat. (more…)