Kitchen remodel leads to a second chance

Written by: Jane Schreier Jones

The trouble with condos built decades ago is, well, they were built decades ago. The room that shows its age the most is always the kitchen, where tile, cabinets and even the floor plan can make the entire home seem wilted.

Lawrence S. Finegold’s Centerville townhouse was built in 1978 and Larry moved in two years after it was built. His happiest years in his condo were with his wife, Michiko So, Ph.D., an acoustic researcher he met at a scientific conference in Sydney, Australia. They married in 2000 and lived in the Centerville condo and in a home in Japan where Dr. So taught at Nihon University. Larry, now a retired federal government scientist, and his wife began “Finegold and So Consultants,” which Larry operates solely ever since Dr. So passed away in 2011.

In 2014 Larry decided it was time to update the entire condo, including a massive kitchen remodel. “I continue to travel quite a bit, but when I’m home I want a comfortable place to be,” he says. 

Resources: Builder: Great Dane Construction; Kitchen designers: Jane Barlow, JB Adaptations; Joe Chapman; Interior designer: Jane Barlow, JB Adaptations; Cabinetry: Pedini, Sims-Lohman; Countertops: Silestone Stellar Snow quartz, Sims-Lohman; Backsplash: Hamilton Parker Element Ice and Rain, Floorco; Flooring: Vallaria Pacific Pecan in Urban Gray, Floorco; Sink: Blanco Silgranit, Sims-Lohman; Faucet: Brizo Artesso, JB Adaptations; Appliances: Thermador; Glass stair railing: Cincinnati Stair


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