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Designer Modernizes His Parents’ 1980s Kitchen

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Andrew’s interest in architecture began in high school, when one of his teachers introduced him to computer-aided design. That AutoCAD class eventually led to a career in kitchen design.

He had gained over six years of professional experience his parents decided to downsize to a smaller home for retirement. They bought a fixer-upper that would need new floors, bathrooms, and cabinets.

Andrew was there right away to help. “It needed to be reworked, modernized. It needed some love,” he said.

They preserved most of the existing layout, but Andrew moved the placement of the range from the corner of the room to the center. This adjustment would allow space for two people to use both the sink and the range at the same time.

On the opposite side of the kitchen, Andrew placed cabinets where previously there had been a blank wall. Next to the dining table, the tall pantries provide the kitchen with a homey and built-in display space.

Having parents for clients didn’t really affect the design process, said Andrew.

“I want every client that I deal with to get the best possible outcome,” he said. “I design every kitchen as if it were my own, so here I essentially did the same thing.”

Giving advice to new remodelers, Andrew emphasized the importance of patience and willingness to ask for help.

“Don’t rush into things. I’m here to help you get it right, so let’s take the time to make sure we get it right,” he said. “I can walk you through it. Don’t be afraid that it’s more than you can take on because most people can figure this out, and I can help you figure it out.”

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