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Architect designs kosher kitchens

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Robbie Fretzin hired architect David Wytmar, partner in Groundwork Ltd. of Buffalo Grove, to build her kosher kitchen, which includes two islands and an abundance of cabinet space that help the family keep meat and dairy separated, as well as other requirements of the family's Jewish faith.

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Robbie Fretzin hired architect David Wytmar, partner in Groundwork Ltd. of Buffalo Grove, to build her kosher kitchen, including design details that allow her family to observe the dietary restrictions required by her faith.

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The Fretzin family kitchen includes a Thermador professional oven and range with a pot-filler faucet over the stove.

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A double oven helps the Fretzin family keep a kosher kitchen, designed by architect David Wytmar, partner in Groundwork Ltd. of Buffalo Grove.

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Two pull-out refrigerated drawers in the kitchen center cabinet area help the Fretzin family keep a kosher kitchen. The family also has a large, two-door refrigerator.

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Robbie Fretzin enjoys her new ktichen with her children Estar, center, and Eli, right, with their friend, Judah Will, far left, all age 5, at her home in Skokie.

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Robbie Fretzin home in Skokie.

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Sinks on opposite sides of the kitchen help the Fretzin family maintain a kosher kitchen.

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Architect David Wytmar, partner in Groundwork Ltd. of Buffalo Grove, recently designed kosher kitchens for neighbors in Skokie.

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The Well family, who hired architect David Wytmar, partner in Groundwork Ltd. of Buffalo Grove to design their kosher kitchen, keeps busy on the weekends preparing food for 15 to 20 people, putting the spacious kitchen with multiple preparation areas to good use.

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In the Well family home, a second island does double duty as a preparation surface as well as a dining area or for children's homework and projects.

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When Robbie Fretzin made plans for the kitchen in her new home, she knew she needed to turn to professionals who understood her family's lifestyle -- and faith. Fretzin, who is Jewish, needed a kosher kitchen -- one that allowed the separation of meat and dairy throughout the entire cooking process, from food storage, to preparation, to consumption and even cleanup.
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