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The new kitchen allows for the Borocz family to hang out during dinner preparation time, and while watching TV, cooking, and cleaning up together. "We really enjoy the feeling of repose and peace that has replaced what was once a stressful cooking experience," Peter says.

korman kitchen

Korman kitchen
Mid-century modern, Brentwood, 1948
Kitchen cost: $100,000

Design: Cory Buckner, AIA
Contractor: Palisades Construction
Cabinetry: Mooradian Cabinets

Photography: Sunshine Divis and Jonnu Singleton Photography

Spacious and inviting

korman kitchen

The small, outdated galley kitchen suffered from a serious case of the 'blahs' until this 1948 two-story, modern-styled home underwent a total renovation.

"There was no area to prep food, nor was there a place for the family to sit down and enjoy eating together," says owner Ann Korman. "The countertops were old white tiles, which were difficult to work on and were hard to keep clean. Also, we had tile floors, which were cold, hard, and unattractive."

Enter architect Cory Buckner, who transformed the kitchen into a spacious and inviting gathering space by opening it to the rest of the house. She infused warmth into the kitchen by adding custom cabinetry and engineered wood floors made of blond-hued Douglas fir. The monochromatic color scheme visually broadened the space and tied the room to the home's overall aesthetic.

A new, large center island gives Ann a place to cut vegetables and mix salad dressings while interacting with kids and company. "I no longer feel isolated from the get-together," she says. "In fact, preparation of the food has become an element of the party."

High-end appliances, including a glass-front Subzero refrigerator, wine chiller, Wolf oven, and Fisher-Paykel dishwasher, added functionality. A timeless Louis Poulsen pendant provides soft light above the dining table, where family and friends now gather regularly for meals.

"The new kitchen really has changed our lives," Ann says. "I love to cook, and having the new space gives me a place where I can enjoy my time."

Additional photo: Ernie Braun


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