Last year we were lucky enough to design and build a really stunning kitchen. One of my favorites so far. In my opinion, this space is the perfect blend of a remodel- making for a dramatic improvement of form and function. We were able to open up the space and make it more inviting, improve the layout of the kitchen, and just choose really beautiful, classic yet interesting finishes. Before I get into the wow-ee after shots (saving that for next week,) I thought I would share some of the planning and insights that went into this design.
So lets start with the Before situation. It was a really dated and dark kitchen in a lovely, old traditional home. Besides the old finishes there were a few things off the bat that I noted as design “problems.”
#1 Commuting Issue: The refrigerator was across the room from the cooktop and sink. You had to traverse the kitchen, going around the island to get from one to the other. This interupted traffic flow and just was not an ideal work zone. I needed to find a way to move the refrig over to the “work” side of the kitchen.
#2 Unwelcome Entrance: When entering the kitchen from the foyer, you walked right smack into the side of the refrigerator. I wanted to get rid of the tall cabinet and design something that was functional, but a little more welcoming.
#3 A Room, or a Closet? There was this small little room that housed a few extra cabinets just off of the kitchen. It was too small to be functional… you could barely fit a body in there! Would we use it as a pantry? Would we get rid of it and open up the space? We needed to keep an open mind and assess our clients’ needs.
#4 The Abandoned Eating Area. Just off of the kitchen was a space that would perfect for casual dining, but the family never ate there! Turns out it felt so closed off and disconnected from the kitchen so nobody wanted to hang out in there. How could we open up the space and incorporate this area into the kitchen?
#5 The Window Wall of MEH. A wall of windows is typically a good thing, right? Yes and no. For one, you lose the ability to have upper storage. Not such a big deal here as we could allocate storage elsewhere. But these windows are kinda small and lacked wow factor. Both budget and architectural elements limited our ability to change them. So how could we enhance this wall and make the most of the windows?
Continue after the jump to our proposed layout.