The existing kitchen was antiquated in both its functionality and its style. The homeowners had very particular ideas in mind for their new kitchen, which included: an updated style with two toned cabinets, interesting backsplash design, large floor tiles, an improved flow & functionality in the kitchen area, and a mud room for effortless organization. After much deliberation and research the designer helped them achieve the design they had envisioned.
•The flow of the home wasn’t quite what the homeowners ultimately desired. The kitchen was cut off from the living space and not at all functional for gatherings. In the existing layout, an L-shaped wall with a cut-out toyed with the idea of an open concept. To achieve the full effect of that illusion the new design included removing that wall completely. A small wall in the kitchen that housed the ovens and a storage closet was also removed, as that space could better be used in the mudroom/laundry area.
• Besides new counter tops, the kitchen had not been updated since the home was built in 1969. The existing cabinets definitely had that 70’s vibe, the walls were covered in tired wall paper, and overall the kitchen felt dark and extremely outdated. The new design included dark espresso base cabinets and lighter medium stained uppers in a popular shaker door style. The homeowners also requested a white backsplash, but wanted more excitement than the traditional subway tile in a brick layout. In order to achieve that ideal, while still keeping it functional for maintenance purposes, they settled on a herringbone design and kept the simple white subway tiles. With less grout lines to clean, the large 17x35 beige floor tiles added a unique and functional element to the design.
• Finally, the homeowners wanted to make part of the kitchen a mudroom/laundry room. The existing layout had the washer and dryer in a small area off of the kitchen. The back door, used most by the family for coming and going, was also located just off the kitchen. This created a problem …the kitchen had become catch-all for shoes, backpacks, and clothes. The new design included a wall separating the kitchen from that entryway and a mudroom was designed, including a locker area for each child to easily organize their belongings.
The homeowners were pleased with their completed kitchen. They are now able to entertain guests easily, the mudroom makes it much easier for the family to stay uncluttered and organized, and the updated style is all that they could have wished for. The new kitchen features clean straight lines, an island, recessed lighting, and granite counter tops. Removing the wall allowed more natural light to enter the kitchen area. These elements combined offer a refreshed and modernized feeling.