We were asked to take this kitchen from oak cabinets with little storage and a cramped work area to a bright and spacious, storage packed center of the home. This meant completely starting over and no (real) kitchen for our courageous clients for longer than they want to remember. This was not the only room we transformed, but it definitely has the biggest impact. (The flooring was replaced in a large portion of the main level and a powder room was also renovated.)
The cabinets go to the ceiling for a classic look and to avoid the dilemma of what to do with the space between the ceiling and the top of the cabinets.
After all the traces of the existing kitchen had been hauled out to the dumpster or sold on Craig’s List, the task of getting a larger window above the sink and moving plumbing and heating ducts around to accommodate a larger pantry began. The original Kitchen included a small desk on the left, air ducts and plumbing in a chase and a small closet pantry. This layout is fairly common in this area.
The wood floors tie the Kitchen, Dining and Living Rooms together. This is an engineered wood product that will not move and crack as much as a solid hard wood with changes in humidity.
The bigger window above the sink lets in lots of light and makes this room feel light and open. We almost doubled the size of the opening.
This hood was used for a classic look.
The microwave is located in the island. Convenient and out of site. (it opens like an oven)
The back splash is a honed marble. (Daltile – Vein Cut – Silver Screen) It is the perfect complement to the granite counters. (Delicatus Brown) We went for maximum impact and did the entire wall around the window.
The island can be used for seating or kitchen prep when the stools are tucked under the counter.
Guests can chat with the cook while seated at the island.
The pantry wall provides much needed storage. The air ducts and plumbing are tucked behind one of the cabinets.
Roll-out shelves make it easier to access items in the back of the cabinet.
Before (Pantry Wall is to the right)
After (of course the clock on the right never moved during the entire project)
The lanterns and bar stools are the dark contrast and pop against the white cabinets. (Lanterns – Ballard Designs)
The distance between the island and perimeter cabinets is something that makes or breaks a kitchen. 42″ is my absolute minimum. I prefer 48″-54″ if possible.
Removing the railing between the Family Room and Breakfast area gives the space a more open feel.
Under-counter lighting allows for a variety of moods.
If your cabinets are in good shape you can try selling them on Craig’s List. Someone bought the original cabinets, granite and a few appliances as a package deal from this kitchen.
Are you dreaming of more storage and a new look for your space? Stop dreaming, make it happen!