This was a kitchen that really needed re-working! The old kitchen was cut up into two sections by a peninsula that jutted out into what once was an almost-wide-enough galley kitchen with a prior 1980’s remodel. It also housed a kitchen desk that was never used except to pile things on. Moreover, our clients had heat ducts that were dumping heat into their base cabinets – the plus being that their “…spoons were always warm!”
We turned a poorly designed, poor quality kitchen for 2 people who love to cook into a fabulous cooking, socializing and grand hub of the home!
This kitchen remodel was part of a more encompassing remodel that included a few adjacent rooms. Storage space for the kitchen was sorely needed so we included this in the neighboring new laundry room: we added a pantry cabinet and incorporated upper cabinets that went clear to the ceiling. The island had some great storage in it, too. Changing the design of the cabinets allowed for better and more ergonomic storage as well.
To get more space the clients gave up a window that faced the neighboring house. This gave us the opportunity to really capitalize on wall space for a better floor plan.
This remodel included refinishing all the hardwood floors. That meant we needed to consider what kind of wheels we would put on the island – something that wouldn’t damage the new floor. Turns out that rubber wheels are best. The mobile island is a bit taller than standard countertops for the food prepping – why? Because the cook that loves to prep is the taller cook. The space between the floor and the skirting on the island allows for someone to ‘put the brakes on’ to keep the island from moving. That’s a good thing!
The Corian countertops and lower part of the backsplash lead to a beautiful parting bead before it breaks into a splash of thousands of micro quarry stone tiles – with a touch of glass here and there.
The appropriate lighting plan compelled us to place lights in the upper cabinets for ambient lighting while also putting in some under cabinet task lighting. Our inclusion of plenty of great can lights gave our clients the most flexibility – use what lighting you need but no more.
“We broke open the wall between the kitchen and the dining room and created an eating bar – complete with a live edge maple countertop. This is now a favorite place to read the paper with a cup of coffee or watch your sweetie cook you up something fancy while you are sipping on a nice Merlot” … wrote designer Cindi Landreth.
Prior to the remodel, the dining room was rarely used and now it is used all the time – this change really brought the house together as a working floor plan!
We featured this home in a past ‘On The Level’ newsletter; go here to read the entire article.