Before & After: 1960s Kitchen Grows Up (and Out!)

updated May 1, 2019
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Today’s kitchen transformation comes from Harmony Weihs of Design Harmony, a design company just outside of Seattle. While the kitchen was large by 1960s standards, it felt cramped when you try to add in the appliances and amenities found in modern kitchens.

With the help of an expansion — in both square footage and height — Harmony was able to bring this homeowner’s kitchen into the modern era.

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By adding a seven-foot extension and extending the ceilings from eight feet to 10 feet, the kitchen feels so much bigger and lighter. We love the skylights and the picture window on the back wall. Yes, we know that the kitchen is physically bigger, but all the light just increases that openness.

The plain brown cabinets were replaced with gray cabinets on the bottom and white on the top (a trend we seem to be seeing a lot here at The Kitchn), and to keep it from being too staid, there are plenty of pops of red throughout the space. We especially like the knobs on the oven.

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The addition also allowed Harmony to open up her clients’ kitchen into the rest of the house and make it feel connected to the dining area. We’re guessing there’s a lot more entertaining happening in this household now.

Thanks for sharing the remodel with us, Harmony!

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