Whether it’s a complete redesign, or an update of fixtures and materials to revive a space; it’s satisfying to view the transformative process of renovation.
The drop ceiling was removed, and plumbing and electrical components were channeled into soffits along the room’s perimeter to raise the ceiling and add volume to the space. The underside of the subfloor and floor joists from the floor above were treated with coats of white paint to add architectural interest and reflect light into the room.
The clients of this kitchen update wanted to keep the same layout, but requested a deeper peninsula countertop, new cabinetry with cushion-close doors and drawers, and two glass-front cabinets to prevent glassware from collecting dust while remaining accessible so that guests could locate what they needed to help themselves to beverages. New lighting, resilient flooring and countertops, and a lighter, brighter wall color give the room a fresh new look while retaining the functionality that the family had enjoyed from the start.
Swiveling bar stools were attached to the floor so that they wouldn’t impede the traffic flow from the room’s main entrance behind them. Pipe fittings were fashioned into a bar rail to rest feet on while sitting at the island. A lower section of counter in the center of the island allows for an undisturbed work area while diners are enjoying a food or beverage at the raised counter.
Built-in banquette seating in the dining area allows for plenty of comfortable seating, while providing additional hidden storage under the hinged seat for platters, tablecloths, and dishes. A custom “pass-through” opening was created to connect the dining and living areas, while allowing each room to retain it’s own sense of space and purpose.
The addition of a new, Energy Star certified triple window brings natural light into the newly configured space, and rather than looking at a wall while standing in front of the sink, now the family enjoys a beautiful view overlooking their deck and the pastoral scenery beyond.