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Caring for aging parents is both a joy and a challenge. The clients wanted to create a more aging-in-place friendly basement area for their mother. The existing kitchenette was more of a glorified bar and did not give her the option of cooking independently, and definitely not stylishly.

We re-configured the area so it was all open, with full kitchen capabilities. All appliances were selected to cater to the mother’s limited reach, so all functional storage and product usage can be done with a limited range of motion.

Special storage solutions include a peg-system for a dish drawer, tiered silverware trays, a slide-up appliance garage, and pivoting pantry storage.

The cabinets also give ample display space for her collection of antique glassware.

In lieu of an island, we created a solid-surface top for a standard table so food can be prepped while sitting and without damaging the table top.

All items reflect the mother’s tastes and existing furniture so she can truly feel like this basement is her space, while still being close to her son and daughter-in-law.

DESIGNER: Gina McMurtrey


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