We all have visions of updating our kitchens to better fit the way our family operates and traveling to a distant Tropical Paradise…
Our task was to transform this particular kitchen from small and cramped to open and inviting. We explored a number of options that did not require an addition, but in the end, the best solution that allowed maximum functionality for the main level of this house was to add a Breakfast area on to the back of the house and expand the Kitchen to take over the current Breakfast area. The city was contacted to verify required setbacks and existing easements before we pursued this option.
The look is classic with white cabinets at the perimeter and a walnut island. I call the island “Paradise” because it is 9′-6″x 4′-2″ of Heaven. It seats 5 people or can be used by multiple people for food preparation. It allows this family of 5 to be in the Kitchen together without interfering with the cooking.
There is a buffet area that can be used for serving buffet style that houses a recycling bin and multiple file drawers. A coffee station is located next to the refrigerator. The refrigerator appears to be a counter depth model, a look I prefer, but it is full depth. We slid the cabinets forward to achieve this look while maintaining the capacity of the full depth model. We are tricky.
The Breakfast area provides a great place to for informal dining with a great view to the backyard. The windows bring in lots of light and the vaulted ceiling provides a bright and open feel in the entire space.
The existing floor was saved due to the fact that the wood floor extended under the existing cabinets. The original company that installed the floors when the house was built returned to “lace” in the new floor in the Breakfast area and refinish the entire first floor. The end result was beautiful and seamless. This was the first project we were able to use the existing floors because it is very rare to have the flooring extend under the cabinets.
The granite is Golden Beach and the back-splash is a timeless white subway tile. There is under counter lighting that gives the kitchen a whole new look at night. The outlets are not on the wall above the counter, they are on a power strip under the cabinets, to give the back-splash a clean look. There is also a power strip at one end of the island under the counter for small appliances, computers and crock pots.
The back wall offered an opportunity to feature the range and the hood. Unfortunately this also meant featuring the duct work that was required to vent the hood. Extra cabinet parts were ordered and a 4 piece crown was designed to cover the duct work.
During the design process we discussed the fact that there would be one less wall in the Kitchen due to the addition of a Breakfast area. That would also mean those wall cabinets would be gone… I am happy to report that the Island of Paradise has saved the day by providing additional storage as well as the wall of cabinets surrounding the refrigerator. Also, the former buffet had a desk area that has become additional cabinets to make up for the lost upper cabinets.
Another requirement was display cabinets for glasses and dishes. These cabinets are also lighted on the inside to show off the items displayed.
It has been a great experience to see the transformation of this space into something that has truly become the center of the home. I like to call it a “little piece of Paradise”.
Here are some progress shots for your viewing pleasure: