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Updating a classic Phoenix kitchen; brighter and better equipped for today.

Updating a classic Phoenix kitchen

Brighter and better equipped for today

Updating a classic requires a delicate touch. You want to preserve the best aspects of the original while making changes to meet today's needs. Such was the case with this Phoenix kitchen remodel. The original strong form--a long storage wall, a large central work island, and a wall of glass opening to Camelback Mountain--was preserved. But the new detailing creates a significantly brighter composition. The ceiling, which before was an open wed of wood slats, is now acoustical tile--a boon in this hard-surfaced space. Over the island, a suspended fluorescent fixture replaced a large wooden pot rack. The counter itself, previously covered with turquoise mosaic tiles, is now done in footsquare granite tiles. New almond tile flooring complements new cabinets and freshly painted walls. Doors on the cabinets had been pairs of hardboard sliders with finger holes; now, new touch-latch hinged doors replace the warped originals. The new, simpler composition strengthens the original plan, and the cleaner, more neutral surfaces put greater focus on the tasks at hand, on the room's strong basic shapes, and on the view seen through the transparent wall. Originally designed in the late '50s by a noted local architect, Alfred Beadle, this kitchen was recently given its facelift by Phoenix architect James Scalise. Owners are Eileen and Arthur Aschauer.

PHOTO : Simple, elegant form of well-planned kitchen remains: central island, closed cabinets

PHOTO : along interior wall, room-long wall of windows

PHOTO : New surfaces and fixtures bring kitchen up to date. Ceiling, lights, cabinets, counters,

PHOTO : appliances, floor replace 1950s originals
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Date:Apr 1, 1990
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