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July 7, 2014
Behold the mighty power of designers and architects to re-imagine and recast a kitchen, one of the most frequently renovated rooms in a modern home. You won't believe the before shots are from the same residences.
hudson river valley renovation

Prior to architect Jeff Jordan's renovation, the interior of a midcentury house in the Hudson Valley felt dated. While it was in good condition it had "an old motel feel" to it, Jordan says.

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Originally appeared in A Midcentury Modern Renovation in Hudson Valley
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hudson river valley renovation

The kitchen was formerly closed off and now flows into the living room. The cooktop and oven are Miele, the countertop is Caesarstone, and the refrigerator is Liebherr. The cabinets are from Scavolini. See more before and after shots here.

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Originally appeared in A Midcentury Modern Renovation in Hudson Valley
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Danny Seo kitchen before

Focusing on products made Stateside wasn’t Danny Seo’s first priority for his kitchen renovation—instead, he had one specific requirement: stainless-steel cabinets to replace the original, musty wood ones.

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kitchen seo residence stainless steel ceramic tiles walnut book shelf

“Stainless steel is timeless,” Seo says. “I wanted something that was clean on the outside and on the inside. It’s hygienic, 100 percent recyclable, and, for the home’s modern feel and look, it made the most sense.” See more of the kitchen and learn about the American-made products and appliances in the space here.

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Originally appeared in Modern Sustainable Kitchen Renovation in Pennsylvania
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Before kitchen 1950 home

The original kitchen in a 1950 home was cramped and dingy, forcing architect Janet Bloomberg to reimagine the space and open it up to the rest of the living area.

Originally appeared in Modern Kitchen Renovation with Mid-Century Roots
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Modern neon green and blue kitchen cabinets

“The big, important things to me are materials and color,” Bloomberg says. “I wanted to make a happy kitchen.” Departing from all the “wood kitchens” she designs for clients, Bloomberg had her cabinetmaker craft laminate cabinets from Abet Laminati in shades of pale green and turquoise—her favorite hues. See more before and after shots here.

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Adam Campbell and Jayma Mays renovation before shot

Adam Jones and Jayma Mays' Los Feliz home was formerly a jumble of dim, closed-off rooms. The narrow kitchen was dated and closed-off from the rest of the house.

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Great room of Glee star Jayma Mays in Los Feliz, Los Angeles

Architect Mike Jacobs reconfigured the cooking space and knocked down walls to create an expansive great room that now has a view to the patio. See more shots from the house here.

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Originally appeared in The Modern Renovated Home of Glee Star Jayma Mays
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Here's what the kitchen looked like before.

After a young couple purchased an apartment in New York City's Greenwich Village, they turned to Matthew Miller of local firm StudioLAB to rescue its dark, closed-off interiors. The kitchen was originally long, narrow, and completely closed off from the rest of the apartment. Miller opened up the plan to create a more spacious feel.

Originally appeared in University Place Apartment
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The kitchen features Caesarstone countertops, a Miele dishwasher and hood, SubZero refrigerator, and built-in microwave and oven by Wolf.

The kitchen features Caesarstone countertops, a Miele dishwasher and hood, SubZero refrigerator, and built-in microwave and oven by Wolf. See more before and after shots here.

Originally appeared in University Place Apartment
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hudson river valley renovation

Prior to architect Jeff Jordan's renovation, the interior of a midcentury house in the Hudson Valley felt dated. While it was in good condition it had "an old motel feel" to it, Jordan says.

Photo by Jon Snyder.

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