Kitchen Remodel Projects by Portland Contractor Hammer & Hand Celebrate the Kitchen as the Heart of the Home

Kitchen remodel projects fundamentally affect the way homes function because they impact a central living space and hub of the home. Portland contractor Hammer & Hand recognizes the centrality and multiple functions of the modern kitchen and uses this understanding to inform its kitchen remodeling.

Portland, OR – March 1, 2011 (via — The kitchen has grown up.  Far beyond its past as a private, isolated space for solitary food preparation, the kitchen functions today as a center of home life. As such, kitchen remodels are among the most important projects that remodeling contractors carry out, affecting the quality of the home’s culinary, social, and spatial/circulatory functions.

“The kitchen functions today as the heart of the home, not a private hearth,” says Daniel Thomas, co-founder and CEO of Portland contractor Hammer & Hand ( ).  “It’s a place for feeding, nurturing, and communing – the center of home life.”

This prominence of the kitchen in the home is a departure from the past. In the old days, kitchens were private spaces where the designated chef of the family, usually the woman of the household, toiled away on food preparation in isolation, separate from the central living spaces of the house.  Today, that’s been turned on its head. While the kitchen has core functions that it must provide – those of storing, cooking, and cleaning – it is also the high-traffic focal point of the home. The kitchen has become a bona fide living space in its own right, often with multiple entry and exit points.

hammer-and-hand-kitchen-remodelIn its kitchen remodel work ( ), Hammer & Hand recognizes this nexus of spatial and programmatic forces, and actively engages with it as it collaborates with clients and designers to reinvent, reinvigorate and transform kitchen spaces.

“Kitchen remodels are so satisfying precisely because they bring together such an interesting mix of design directives and challenges,” Thomas says. “And when you take what was a dead-end eddy of a space and turn it into a center of harmony and flow for the house, you’re really improving clients’ lives. In the end, that’s what it’s all about.”

Kitchen remodels by Hammer & Hand ( ) include:

1. Workstation design to create a comfortable and efficient space for food preparation, cooking, storage and cleaning.

2. Space planning to orchestrate and facilitate flow with adjacent rooms and through the house in general.

3. Design to support the social functions of the space, including elements like islands for food preparation, seating nooks for conversation, and integral spatial connections to adjacent rooms.

4. The full gamut of design styles, from Victorian restorations to high concept modern designs.

5. Craftsmanship and precision, coupled with sustainable design and construction expertise.

These facets of Hammer and Hand’s kitchen remodeling work combine to create vibrant and sustaining centers of home life.

“The kitchen is so much more than a collection of appliances and cabinets,” said Thomas. “This room is like the Grand Central Station of the home, and kitchen remodels should harness and harmonize the essential forces at play.”

Information and a portfolio of Hammer & Hand’s kitchen remodels can be found at

About Hammer & Hand:
Since 1995, Portland remodeler and contractor Hammer & Hand has been dedicated to stewardship of the built environment through craftsmanship and building science: everything from bathroom and kitchen remodels to new high-performance green homes. The firm also offers handyman repairs, home energy audits, and upcycled furniture. Visit for more information, or e-mail

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Press Contact:
Zack Semke
Hammer and Hand
1020 SE Harrison Street
Portland, OR


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