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Classic kitchen remodel brings the outdoors in

By John Kirchner April 16, 2012

It’s no secret families are spending more and more time in the kitchen, a room that’s increasingly blending with or even occasionally replacing more traditional gathering spaces. With that in mind:

The owners of this kitchen in a classic house asked designer Mary Jane Pappas and her team to transform their existing work area to make it lighter, longer, and out of the way of foot traffic between the back door and the dining room. The design also had to provide pedestrian access to the garden, bring in more natural light, and combine modern efficiency with a refined, transitional appeal, says Pappas.

“To achieve this, we pushed out the rear of the kitchen, adding a breakfast area for four in the extra space. Beyond this, I added French doors that open directly to the back garden. Previously there were only windows at this end of the room.”

Those French doors are Marvin Ultimate Inswing French Doors. They provide a beautiful anchor for this reworked, wide-open kitchen layout. Read more about this great remodel project at

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