Sometime bad kitchens happen to good people. It’s an all too common, sad but true, fact.
Such was the case for my clients. They longed for simple things – cabinets that matched, floor tiles that actually looked clean when they were, maybe a bit more cooking space – nothing lofty.
The original, white melamine builders cabinets had randomly yellowed. An enormous kitchen space was unevenly divided with a miniature peninsula, offering a tiny cooking/prep area and a huge eating area that completely lacked function.
Another bit of absurd planning was the ‘pass thru window’ between the kitchen and the family room. You could see into the family room, but you couldn’t actually get in there. I’m assuming 80’s builders thought this was convenient for ….something.
That’s the crazy drive thru window. An integral part of this kitchen renovation plan was removing as much of this wall as possible, creating a more open concept between the kitchen & family room.
This is the ‘Before’ view from the family room. The existing floor plan had an entry into the family room from the hallway, just left of this shot. With the half wall removed, that entry could now be completely closed.
Same vantage point, ‘After’. Pretty dramatic.
My grandmother always told me “Beauty is as Beauty does”. Wise words for sure, and also very appropriate for Kitchen Design Planning (though not at all why she said it me). Because it’s such a high functioning space, whether or not it’s beautiful becomes meaningless if the design doesn’t make good practical sense day-to-day. I’ll definitely talk about all the design/decor details in the next post; but it’s the practical elements of this kitchen design that are the real show stoppers.
What was once an empty 8’ expanse of wall (which in kitchen-speak is 8’ of lost storage), is now 3 double door, floor to ceiling pantry cabinets. The middle pantry has pull out drawers inside. The last 10” on the right end is a broom storage closet, opening towards the cooking area.
The walls flanking the slider doors to the backyard allowed for even more storage space. These 12” deep floor to ceiling cabinets were designed with glass doors on the top to lighten them up and create display space.
That mini-peninsula was bumped forward 12”, connecting it with the new cabinets in the eating area; we added an overhang for a new breakfast bar with counter stools, & a beverage/wine fridge – a nice convenience in the now open floor plan.
The microwave & wall oven are now built in beside the refrigerator, making good use of what would otherwise be a very small & impractical amount of almost hidden counter space.
Moving the peninsula forward enlarged the area in the cooking zone – a significant improvement. Pull out spice racks below both sides of the cooktop, a pull out recycle/compost cabinet to the left below the sink, and the dishwasher to the right – all logical placement for the way you’d move around in this space. The only cabinet doors are below the sink, the rest of the lower cabintry is drawers – so everything stored is visible and within easy reach.
Here’s where the pass-thru weirdness was – now a seamless transition into the family room (and a sneak peek at the ‘new’ family room! Lots more to come on that….)
Every detail in this kitchen was well considered and thoughtfully located, and every inch was utlized effectively. The elegance & beauty of the finishing details were decided after the space was efficiently planned ….so this Beauty? Definitely not just skin deep.
Designs brilliantly executed once again by The (amazing) Gatti Group.