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Dec 22 2016

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A Bar Area with a Surprise Function


This kitchen project – Maui Renovation – by Interior Design Solutions in Pukalani, Ha., featured a one-of-a-kind bar that also serves as the laundry area. According to the designer, Valorie Spence, the previous layout featured a narrow, dark hallway between the living room and the bedrooms that the client wanted to eliminate and modernize with a new electrical panel and washer and dryer that were fully integrated.

“We wanted that space to have multi-uses and become part of the living room area, as well as be useful when entertaining as a bar/drink station and not look like a laundry room,” she explained.


Spence chose a Rain Forest marble countertop and an Alyse Edwards glass backsplash called “Shake that Thing” for the bar area, which features a large-format Durango stone fossil shell limestone flooring. The cabinets are in vertical-matched grain koa with satin glass panel uppers, Blum full-extension hardware, Snadero Certosa drawer pulls and line-voltage LED lighting.

“It was a very challenging area because it was in the center of the space with plumbing walls, electrical panel and enclosing walls around the old laundry,” explained Spence. “The builder and I worked with the other trades to design and open up the space with a reconfiguration of the plumbing and electrical enclosures.”

The designer said more of her clients are requesting that these bar areas be designed into the living spaces for a more open feeling and that large gathering tables are becoming the center of food and drink in our current design philosophy.

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