Shifted Spaces

by Kacey Larsen

Eysaman & Company, in Tacoma, Wash., took on a reconfiguration project when the Tacoma homeowners tired of their dark, secluded kitchen. At its core, the home was a boxy 1960s rambler that had a split-level bedroom wing added in the 1980s, which created structural challenges when it came time to embark on the kitchen project. Load-bearing partitions crowded the kitchen and prevented views across the South Puget Sound, and a hallway opposite the entry bisected the floor plan. The team at Eysaman & Company tucked hefty GluLams into the attic that were supporrted on a pair of slender steel tubes, around which the new plan swirled. Large western windows provide previously missed views, and the counters and cabinets were free to extend outward around an immovable chimney. The remodel unified the living, dining and family rooms around the new kitchen hub. 

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