Remodeling your first floor offers many opportunities to bring not only a complete new look to your home, but improved functionality as well. When you buy a home that has already been built, you live with the builder’s or previous owner’s decisions. A kitchen remodel allows you to create a space that works for you and your family instead.
One of our clients worked with us and Steve Grey Renovations to redesign their main floor that began with removing a fireplace that split the kitchen and family room. Click here to read more about that project. The goals of the remodel included enlarging the kitchen and making the adjacent sunroom an informal dining space. Like we do every project, we approached the final design in terms of both functionality and beauty.
Designing a Functional Kitchen
Our clients were looking for a large island with counter seating to serve as the hub for their family. With the additional room created by the wall removal, we were able to extend the island into what was previously a dining space. Our client was looking for the most flexibility for using the island, so we kept items like counter appliances and sinks on the periphery to create one large, flat space. The island cabinets included an oven, warming drawer and wine refrigerator, and were painted a medium-toned grey. The countertop was made with a marbled granite to add a bit of movement to the design. In terms of functional seating, we found stools with small backs and covered them with a high-quality vinyl that could be easily cleaned.
The periphery cabinet area was designed to serve as the workhorse of the space. The sink, range, dishwasher and refrigerator were located here, along with an integrated range hood. One of the goals of the kitchen design was to keep the countertops uncluttered, so we spent a lot of time working with our client to determine what needed to be stored. We used many of the latest advances in cabinet design, including pull out pantry storage, garages for small appliances, and even a built-in bar area. An Advantium oven serves as a secondary convection oven and microwave.
Designing A Beautiful Kitchen
Once we understood the elements necessary to support how our clients wanted to live in their new kitchen, we addressed their desired style. A bright space, with clean lines and a nod to the farmhouse look suited them perfectly. We chose inset cabinetry which one could find in an old home to set the tone. Taking the cabinets to the ceiling meant those at the top would be difficult to access on a regular basis. We turned the two on either side of the sink into display areas by adding glass inserts, interior lighting and a dark grey grass cloth wall covering. White pottery pieces add depth and visual interest to those little-used spaces.
To continue the modern farmhouse look, we added a farm sink but chose a graphic-patterned fabric window treatment to soften the window over it. The pendants over the island are an updated twist on the traditional lantern and are scaled to match the large space. The distressed, medium brown hardwood floors add necessary warmth to the space, which could have felt too slick with all of the white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. The antiqued nickel cabinet hardware was chosen for its softness as well. When it comes down to it, completing a style is all in the details. Small elements like the turn of the legs on the island, the addition of a corbel at the end of the periphery cabinets, crown molding on the cabinets, and warm wood on the island chairs and dining area chandelier all come together to finish the look.
The kitchen is the center of the home, so good design takes into account both beauty and function. Having a gorgeous kitchen that does not work for your family will lead you to frustration! Remember to consider how you and your family will live in the space when designing a kitchen remodel. Questions about this project? Send us an email or give us a call at 317.253.8986.