2014 Residential Kitchen
NARI 2014 CotY Award
First Place, Residential Kitchen
The client wanted to stay within the existing 10 foot by 11 foot area, as opposed to removing a wall to create an open kitchen plan. She desired a design appropriate to the era of the house, while at the same time providing more cabinet and counter space along with modern functionality. Space also needed to be created for her extensive cookbook collection.
To meet the clients needs several things were done. To make room for the refrigerator in the main kitchen, we took out an old chimney and laundry chute. We relocated the range to open up space for additional counters and cabinets adjacent to the sink. Also by relocating the range a powerful exhaust hood could be installed. We used custom made cabinets to maximize floor and wall space. The cabinets were built in long-runs. Open shelving was incorporated into the cabinets running entirely over the sink and between the stove and microwave. This provides a place for cookbooks and other kitchen items. Beadboard was used on exposed walls between countertops and cabinet bottoms, a material used frequently throughout homes of this period. The fluorescent lighting was replaced with multiple pendant lights. The original solid oak floor which lay underneath the old gray tile was refinished and adds to the overall warmth of the kitchen.
The kitchen is no longer a space of limited form and function, but is now a haven for creating fine meals and baked goods.