Suburban Transformation

Fox Chapel, PA
  • 2010 Pittsburgh Magazine Best Kitchen Design

This suburban residence suffered from a rambling floor plan, a lackluster kitchen and disjointed space planning. We re-positioned the garage entry to create a mudroom and storage entry sequence. We opened the kitchen up to a south-facing patio as well as to the family room, dining room and formal living room beyond. We gutted much of the main floor – including bearing walls that were replaced with beams. We also removed the patio façade, completely reconfigured its fenestration, and added a cedar trellis that projects a layer of lattice-like shadows on the floor.

Views now extend outward through a wall of windows that transform into panels of colored, polished plaster as they wrap around built-in seating. The composition is further tied together both visually and materially through the use of maple windows, casework and trim, colored glass back splashes and counter tops, earth-tone slate tile and oak floor. With its substantial stainless steel island, the redesigned kitchen functions as a family hub as well as a dramatic place to entertain.

“After having worked with Mary Cerrone for several years and on many projects, I can honestly say she is one of the very best architects in Pittsburgh. Her designs are practical but stunning. She always works to achieve exactly what her clients want without imposing her tastes on the client's wishes. Her drawings and specifications are always complete down to the last detail. I would certainly recommend Mary Cerrone to anyone searching for an excellent architect.”

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