Lee moved to the Tri-Cities to be close to her daughter and her family. They decided to buy a home together that would have space for a Grandma suite. They found the perfect home, already set-up with great infrastructure. The home has a front entry with a two car garage on the upper level and is on a sloped, corner lot with a basement, a separate lower-level entrance, and a lower three car garage. The interior of the lower level was set-up for two bedrooms, 1 bath, laundry, storage room, and a large family room. Adding a kitchen was all that was really needed to convert it into a great, spacious apartment.
This panorama shows the space we had to work with. The wall with the spot light on it is where we put the kitchen. Regrettably, the dog bed had to move.
A compact kitchen in one corner of a great room is a great way to complete the apartment. We wanted the entry into the apartment to actually feel like an entry. We added the two narrow walls on the far end of the kitchen to create the separation and to formalize the entry area. Lee didn't want an eating bar & chairs to cut into the traffic flow, so the island half wall does not have an overhang. A separate table & chairs just out of the frame takes care of every day eating & entertaining. Even though it is small, there is still room for Lee and a grandchild to work in the kitchen simultaneously.
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