Kitchen 179 Gallery
Growing family with 3 children are seeking budget-sensitive addition/ spatial reconfiguration to enlarge existing 12’ x 18’ kitchen of 20 year old center Hall Colonial.
Plan calls for architecturally sympathetic 12’ x 10’ breakfast room addition with south facing bay window seamlessly integrated into existing elevations.
Owners also want “open” configuration plan providing physical and visual connectivity to adjacent 12’ x 24’ family room, a requirement that entails removing an interior bearing wall. On this score, open interior must be finished in a way that mainstreams resulting great room as integral to a well-articulated interior design concept.
Owners are also seeking a better-rationalized floor plan with more sensible, step-saving locations for surfaces, major appliances.
Segue to adjacent family room and dining room, respectively, should be designed for improved functionality. Solution should also provide for substantial increase in cabinet storage.
Other elements in program include:
* Cherry bookcases integrating support column between Kitchen/Family Room
* Custom-designed individual locker-style cubbies for each child
* Eat-in dining counter with seating for four
* Better access to pantry door, laundry room
* eliminate cumbersome HVAC in ducting
* visually unify new suite with hardwood; sympathetic interior detailing
Throughout the project, we turned challenges into opportunities. For instance, the need to eliminate a bearing wall between the dining room and the kitchen inspired a solution that would emphasize the “openness” of the new suite, but also reinforce visual unity.
Specifying 3 wooden posts as vertical support shafts for a pair of load-bearing microlam beams installed flush to the ceiling of the new suite, converted the posts to Doric columns lacquered in a white enamel finished. The new structure forms an arch that lends a formality to the space– delineating separate activity areas, while creating an ambiance appropriate for the owner’s antiques, oriental carpets and other fine furnishings.
The added 12’ x 10’ breakfast room with bay window on south side & double French door & transom on Westside is leading to a brand new flagstone patio for outdoor entertaining.
Upscale appliances were furnished to accommodate clients’ busy & entertaining life style.
Carrying the interior design details forward, the kitchen’s tumble marble backsplash tile, cherry wood cabinets and chimney-style stove hood, granite surfaces converge with recessed and hanging pendant lights to create a presentation that is both elegant and warm. Glass-facing cabinets, corbils and other fine woodworking details complete and old Master’s Portrait suitable for any occasion.
As a nod to space-saving, pocket-style doors were installed to improve available storage space in the pantry and laundry room. New French now provide access to a future deck.