This beautiful 1930’s Tudor home had charm throughout but the kitchen just wasn’t functional for them. The kitchen had been remodeled in the 50’s and updated in the 80’s and didn’t provide the storage, countertop space or flow they wanted. But with this age and style of home they wanted something that fit the home well and looked like it had always been there. We got to work!
- Kitchen was tight cramped.
- They couldn’t fit a full size fridge in and didn’t have any countertop space around the range.
- Not enough storage.
- Lighting was poor throughout.
- The eat in nook while full of character – was too small for their family of 4 and closed off the space. They still wanted an eating area in the kitchen.
- They loved the leaded glass doors and wanted to find a way to incorporate that into their new kitchen
- Wanted pantry space.
- It was important to keep with the character of the home during the remodel.
- The kitchen houses 3 doorways, all of which felt very tight and cramped especially since it is a major thoroughfare.
- A place for a built-in microwave off of the countertop and for wine.
- Opened up the eat in nook to the rest of the kitchen making both spaces feel larger and bringing more light into the kitchen.
- Modified the depth of the built-in in the hallway to allow for the range wall to recess, effectively expanding the kitchen.
- Expanded the openings into the dining room and the hall and repeated the arches seen in the rest of their home.
- Hanover Cherry Light cabinetry provided a rich warm wood that compliments the style of the home well. Simple Shaker details and crown were used to complement existing woodwork in the home.
- A narrow, furniture island provides a great work space and extra storage while not looking too bulky
- Removed the soffits to bring the cabinetry to the ceiling providing more storage in the space
- Leaded glass door cabinets on either side of the window retain the character of the old kitchen
- Added a shallow pantry with open display area for extra storage that doesn’t look heavy.
- An angled pantry between the kitchen and nook provides extra storage without infringing on the dining space.
- Efficient storage space was important in this kitchen – we added blind corner pullouts, spice racks on the doors, pullouts, a wine rack, garbage pullout and even a compost bin on the back of the sink cabinet door. Tray dividers above the refrigerator organized their trays, platters and casserole dishes.
- Under cabinet lights and recessed can lights throughout illuminate the entire area.
- Messouri Black granite countertops and hand-made subway tile finish off the classic look in their kitchen.
When the project was finished the clients were thrilled with the feel and function of this new kitchen in their old home!
Designer: Crystal Kennedy
Photographer: Shannon Butler
Designer: Katrina Hosea
Dealer: BeeTree Homes, Jacksonville, Florida
Problem: A kitchen that didn’t function well for entertaining. If you sat at the island, guest could
not maneuver behind you. The breakfast nook was small and could only house two and it also
blocked the view of the water. Client had a challenge with refrigerator location, when you
opened the door, she would hit the kitchen chair.
Solution: We removed the breakfast nook and squared of the back of the house, we removed the
exterior wall opposite the bar area and extended the kitchen 4 feet into the covered lanai.
Problem: One entrance two and from kitchen thus preventing a flow for entertaining; and also preventing lighting from entering the kitchen.
Solution: We created an opening between the kitchen and dining area, to allow for cross lighting,
and it allowed for a better flow for entertaining When we went into the covered lanai we also
gained two feet to widen the current entrance from 26 inches to 40. This helped immensely.
Problem: Client was downsizing from a 6,000 house into a 2600 sq ft zero lot line home on the
water way. She was so concerned with the lack of cabinetry storage.
Solution: The exterior wall that we bumped out allowed us to have a larger walk way for a bar as
well as it created an extra 18 inches. We designed a cabinet that was reduced depth that would
house her cook books, designer glass wear and serving platters for entertaining.
Problem: Client wanted china hutch but the view of the waterway was so spectacular and were I
placed the kitchen sink caused a problem with her viewing a wall or cabinets.
Solution: I designed a wall that allowed for access to the water view and storage. I ordered
peninsula cabinets void the glass doors on the back. Installed plexi glass on the back and placed
the cabinets over a frameless window. Now, the client has storage and a view.
Design Goals and Details:
There were a number of goals to this space. We need to create a study that could accommodate
both her and him, provide lots of storage and allows him views out the back of the house towards
the water even when privacy is needed.
The study was designed with built ins flanking each of the shorter walls while leaving space in the center for a desk for him. On the side walls we created a desk area for her, lots of file drawers and storage for all the items they have. This was finished with light rail and bullet lighting to provide undercabinet lighting for the countertops.
The ceiling was lined in stain grade v-groove wood boards in a barrel so we added Wellborn
crown to each wall run and hid ambient lighting behind it to illuminate onto the ceiling. The rich,
Sable finish offered a nice contrast to the knotty cedar on the ceiling and let the cabinets stand
out. The client wanted a desk to match the cabinets so a freestanding desk was created with base
cabinets and a Wellborn wainscot panel. We finished off the desk top with a Wellborn top and
applied the edge molding in the field giving the whole room a cohesive look.
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So here’s our salute to a few traditional projects that caught my eye this week.
Pacific Northwest Cabinetry
Southeastern Cabinet Concepts
Surfside Beach, South Carolina
Elements I adore – the lighting, the tub, the tile, the towel warmer and of course the cabinetry……
Everyone needs a hutch like this…… perfect fit and finish
Mrs. Pastron truly created an award-winning bathroom which easily could be mistaken as an European wet room don’t you think?
Bee Tree Homes, Jacksonville, Fl
Designer: Crystal Kennedy
Pacific Northwest Cabinetry – Milwaukie, Oregon
click on image to learn more about this award-winning design