My client’s objectives for her “dream kitchen”: lighten, brighten, provide improved functionality, better utilize existing space and create a more “family” and “entertainment” friendly kitchen.
How we achieved the objectives:
Lighten: Off-white painted cabinets and trim replaced time-stamped stained cabinets and trim. A beautiful cream-based Delicatus granite replaced dark Uba Tuba granite. Dark slate floors were replaced with a medium-toned, dog and grandchild friendly porcelain travertine look-alike. Black appliances were replaced with stainless steel.
Brighten: The exterior door was replaced with a new door with more glass and heavy decorative window treatments were removed letting in more natural light. LED overhead, under and over cabinet lighting were installed providing brighter and more energy efficient lighting. Glass fronts and cabinet lighting were used in the upper-level cabinets.
Improved functionality: Functional enhancements include a pot filler over the range, a cold water purifier, a quieter dishwasher and disposal, drawer organizers and an appliance lift, and new top-of-the-line appliances including a Thermador 6-burner gas range, a built-in refrigerator and a warming drawer. An under-utilized trash compactor was replaced with a recycling center pull-out. Suspended seating provides space efficient kitchen counter seating and eliminates the possibility of barstools scratching the new floors.
Better utilize existing space: Beams were raised and room openings were expanded between the kitchen and nook, the kitchen and family room, the kitchen and butler’s pantry and the family room and wet bar. The cabinet height was raised providing additional storage and making the ceiling appear higher. Decorative kitchen island bins were replaced with highly functional drawers and pullouts.
Create a more “family” and “entertainment” friendly kitchen: The electric cooktop was removed from the island providing a gathering and serving space in the heart of the kitchen. The new range is positioned where the chef can participate in family room conversations and fun. The new metal exterior door is resistant to the family dogs’ scratching when they want to join the party.