When visiting this gorgeous home with its previous owners, we couldn’t help but notice that the kitchen was due for a remodel. Even though we knew this wasn’t in the cards for ... Read more →
When visiting this gorgeous home with its previous owners, we couldn’t help but notice that the kitchen was due for a remodel. Even though we knew this wasn’t in the cards for the owners at the time, we still dreamed of what it could be if we had the opportunity to get our hands on it. Chances were, that day would never come. But, as luck would have it, one day we got the call. One of our very favorite clients from years past recently bought the home and wanted to work with us again to create a new kitchen!
The existing layout was a bit odd and cumbersome. It included a large peninsula which blocked flow between the lovely sunlit eating area and the kitchen, along with a bulky tower smack in the middle of the kitchen which housed the refrigerator, ovens and pantry. A roll top desk area was no longer desired. A staircase awkwardly entered the kitchen. Cabinets, countertops and tile were outdated.
The design process was great fun given our client’s extraordinary taste and her trust in our expertise. As the floor plan came together, we were met with some challenges. These included a supporting beam that could not be recessed, a chase that needed to stay put and a necessary vent that was hidden by the peninsula. We opted for an art wall instead of a wall cabinet to avoid the beam conflict. Our client has an extensive, fabulous art collection, so this quickly became a favorite feature. The wine column refrigerator called for storage for glasses nearby, so we tailored a cabinet for them around the chase. The vent was relocated to the island where a louvered walnut panel beautifully conceals it while allowing air to flow. The expansive walnut island serves as a workhorse as well as a gathering perch. We created a wall to hide the stairs which became the range run and set up the floor plan to flow easily, especially after removing the tower of cabinetry that divided the space. Taj Mahal quartzite is the main character in the space, soulful and subtle yet incredibly impactful as it graces the countertops and every surface of the arched range alcove and its clever niches. Plenty of playful and elegant light fixtures are the icing on the cake in this stunning kitchen.