This 1990s home had not been updated since it was built. It was dated, and the homeowners wanted to create a space more conducive to entertaining.
The existing kitchen did not accommodate entertaining and was “chopped up” by a large peninsula. The cooktop and hood at the small island left little room for food prep. There was also a lot of wasted space above the cabinetry.
The remodeled kitchen offers a better traffic pattern and updated look without straying too far from the feel of existing spaces. The custom, raised panel birch cabinetry, travertine subway tile, and granite countertops complement the original feel of the house without matching it. This creates a seamless transition, so the homeowners didn’t feel obligated to update the entire first floor.
The kitchen also includes a large island with two levels, making it multi-purpose: one level for food prep and the other with room for dining.
The range hood is a focal point, or anchor, of the kitchen. It stands out, yet blends well with the cabinetry and style of the kitchen.
Everything has its place. For example, a spice drawer in the island keeps the spices organized and within reach of food prep.
The raised panel, arched valence adds character to the space and softens the look of the room, contrasting with the straight lines throughout the kitchen.
The Sienna Bordeaux granite countertops add warmth and movement to the island and perimeter tops.
The paneled beverage refrigerator is ideal for entertaining and blends with the custom cabinetry. The wine refrigerator is also a great “tool” for entertaining. This area works a little “double duty,” as well. It takes on a wet bar function, with glass storage and room to mix drinks, and it serves as a “drop zone” for phone charging.
The island sink is near the refrigerator and prep areas, creating a “work triangle.” It also serves as a bar sink, being close to the beverage and wine refrigerators, so people don’t have to use the main sink when preparing drinks.