Case Studies: Problems & Fixes
WHO: Margaret Skinner, owner, Margeaux Interiors, Birmingham
The kitchen in this Ann Arbor home was isolated from the adjoining dining room and living room. It felt very claustrophobic and dark, and didn’t provide a functional layout for entertaining.
“Removing the wall that existed between the dining room and kitchen created a dining area (now part of the kitchen) that can seat 10 and allows people in the various spaces to communicate with each other,” Skinner says. With the addition of comfortable seating, the bar area — formerly the breakfast nook — now serves as a cozy place to watch TV
Because this renovation included removing existing walls, the columns that were required to support the second floor (which wasn’t changed) needed to remain where they were.
By encasing the necessary support columns with walnut 3-D linear panels, Skinner cleverly added architectural interest to the space. The walnut wood accents tie in with many other elements in the home.
IN THE DETAILS/RESOURCE GUIDE
Interior design, Margaret Skinner, Margeaux Interiors, Birmingham, margeauxinteriors.com. Kitchen: Cabinetry, bar, and shelves, Omega, through Cobblestone Kitchen & Bath, Berkley, omegacabinetry.com. Countertops, Solid Surfaces Unlimited, Sterling Heights, did the fabricating; Dwyer Marble & Stone Supply, Farmington Hills, dwyermarble.com, supplied the material from Aurea stone, Byron Center, aureastone.us. Appliances, Thermador, thermador.com; Wolf, subzero-wolf.com; and Jenn-Air, jennair.com. Column wood panels, Duchateau, duchateau.com. Sconces and lighting, Visual Comfort, Michigan Design Center, Troy, citylightsdetroit.com. Sofa off kitchen, Precedent, through R.J. Thomas, Michigan Design Center, Troy, precedent-furniture.com. Fabric, Pindler, Michigan Design Center, Troy, pindler.com. Living Room: All fabric from Pindler, Pollack, Kravet, and Seema Krish. Fireplace tile, Virginia Tile, virginiatile.com