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When I first reviewed the plans for the kitchen remodel shown here, the project seemed fairly straightforward. It featured a small addition on a new stem-wall foundation at the rear of the home, a typical suburban New Jersey expanded cape. The addition would allow the first-floor plan to be reconfigured, enlarging the kitchen and improving traffic flow, but the project also included considerable work on the existing house.
As is often the case with remodels, building the addition would be easy; the tricky part would be the tie-in. For one thing, the existing 15-foot-by-20-foot kitchen floor was out of level in three different directions, resulting in a 1-1/2-inch height difference with the adjacent family-room floor — a tripping hazard the family wanted to eliminate.