This original 1930’s Arts & Crafts kitchen was very dark and crowded due to insufficient task lighting, poor room circulation, and very little storage. All of the appliances and fixtures were in need of updating in order to accommodate the family four who loved to spend their time together cooking in the kitchen. With heavy textures and an outdated harsh ochre color scheme, the kitchen also lacked an ambience that the central hub of a house should have. Due to the position of the kitchen within the house and the property lines, expanding the kitchen would prove to be difficult.
Storage, Circulation, & Function: A new creative and efficient kitchen space plan was developed by incorporating unused space from the adjacent dining room and hallway. Storage was gained with a new butler’s pantry complete with refrigerated wine storage, and a walk-in food pantry with enough room to store small appliances. Better circulation and a more functional work space were gained by pushing the range wall into an oversized hallway, designing a new island with prep sink and usable storage space, and making the butler’s pantry a walk-through into the dining room. The new space was formed without adding any square footage to the house.
Lighting: The renovated kitchen was brightened with a layering of low voltage, accent, decorative, and general recessed lighting. The kitchen was now task ready, provided the desired ambience, and took advantage of the energy provided by natural light from the new windows above the sink and in the adjoining family room.
Color & Design: The original character of the home was preserved with a traditional butcher-block island, reproduction Arts & Crafts backsplash tiles, leaded glass window design, honed granite countertops, and mission style cabinets. New stainless steel appliances gave the client a state-of-the-art cooking space and a touch of modernity needed to complete the kitchen.