Before the remodel of this home in Victoria, B.C., just getting from the entryway to the adjacent kitchen could be a perilous journey. The open front door blocked your view down the hall, and opening the coat-closet door could mean a fall down the basement stairs. Another perilous journey — doing business with friends and designing a kitchen with a buffet full of challenges — ended with a fantastic cooking and living space for an environmentally aware family. Turning the coat closet to face into the kitchen, widening the entry, and removing a wall between the kitchen and the dining room modernized the floor plan. Architecturally correct details and personal touches added charm. And ecologically sound materials, appliances, and construction satisfied the owners’ and the designer’s shared environmental principles.
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