mom Kathy Rapprich wanted to keep a watchful eye on her energetic
toddlers while working in the kitchen. But the original family
room and kitchen were two disconnected rooms separated by a massive
fireplace wall. PSG Construction, with the skilled assistance
of interior designer Laurie Malmberg, removed the fireplace wall
and realigned the opening between the kitchen and dining room
to create a grand kitchen and family area. The kitchen work areas
were purposely rotated to directly overlook the family area,
giving Kathy a full view of her children's activities. Now the
children always have their mom's attention, and no longer feel
the need to drag toys into the kitchen.
old sliding glass doors were removed, the opening onto the porch
was relocated, and French doors were installed to create an improved
view and access to the porch and pool.
pantry and office space were also added in the kitchen. Kathy
and husband Frank opted to invest in remodeling their kitchen
and family room rather than move from what they consider a "gem"
of a neighborhood with great schools and a convenient location.