|Written by Vivian McInerny|
|Tuesday, September 04, 2012|
Fancy countertops, nice cabinetry and the latest, greatest appliances would be nice. But that wasn’t top on the list for Sally and Steve Killgore’s dream kitchen. They wanted space for their five grown children and nine grandchildren to come together for holidays, special occasions and spontaneous cuttings of the rug.
“When we get together, we usually end up dancing in the kitchen,” Sally says.
Their 1977 five-bedroom ranch in Eugene had plenty of square footage for the couple, but the layout wasn’t conducive to their ever-growing gatherings. Sally wouldn’t even consider moving.
“I moved 27 times in my first 26 years and never want to move again,” she says. “My father was a restless soul.”
The Killgores met with a design team from Neil Kelly to talk in general terms about remodeling the kitchen, but they intended to wait until after their youngest daughter’s backyard wedding reception. When they came back to the drawing board about five months later, their needs had changed. Sally’s mother, Shirley Brown, had moved in with them. Now, in addition to the kitchen remodel, they were considering how to accommodate three adults living under one roof. They needed to rethink the entire space.
“We go through a process,” says designer Matt White of Neil Kelly in Eugene. “Our job is to find out what the clients’ preferences are, what their hot points are.”
The design team came up with several rough sketches of possible solutions.
“It was hard to visualize the space,” says Sally. But when she and Steve looked through the sketches, they both immediately knew they had found the one.
The plan they chose called for creating a large open kitchen/dining/family room, giving their mother their master bedroom and building a new wing to serve as the couple’s suite retreat.
“The existing kitchen functioned but was cut off from the rest of the house,” says White.