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Mod pod

Photos by James McCarthy

October 2014

Sleek, Euro-style cabinetry, and a clean black and white color scheme give the kitchen an ultra-modern look.

In the whole house remodel of a Fox Point 1960s contemporary, curves are used sparingly. "A strong emphasis on line and form — two essentials of good contemporary design — gives this particular style its energy," says Terri Schmidt, owner and director of design at DreamHouse/DreamKitchens, who headed up the project.

Open space and natural light make the interior of this Fox Point contemporary feel airy and expansive after a remodel by DreamHouse/DreamKitchens. 

Driving the remodel was the homeowners’ desire to open up segmented rooms into one functional space. That included the kitchen, laundry room, office and back hallway. "I was able to incorporate curves into the design, but they had to be thought out carefully and create balance," Schmidt says.

A built-in desk and shelving are the essentials for the new home office.

An abundance of built-ins aids in functionality and plays into the clean design. "Because there isn’t any clutter, every piece has to count," Schmidt says. "In contemporary design, less is more: smooth profiles instead of ornamentation, a black-and-white color palette, lines, planes and angles."

The updates included nearly all of the rooms on the first floor, plus an upstairs family room and the bathrooms.

Schmidt advises working with a professional designer to coordinate the overall furniture and color schemes for a home project such as this one. "While you want your update to feel brand new, you want to be sure it ties in with the existing style of the home and creates a continuous aesthetic flow throughout," she says.



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