The kitchen (145 sq ft) was too small, inefficient and dark. The refrigerator placement was awkward. The family room (215 sq ft) was drafty and uncomfortable in cold weather.
Flipping the location of the kitchen and family room resulted in an open space with a larger, workable kitchen plus a cozy family space. The powder room, which was in between the two rooms, was relocated to the other side of the new family room. An architect specified the structural support beams necessary after removing several interior walls. New energy efficient French doors to the deck, new bay window, upgraded insulation, hot water radiant floor heat and a ductless heating/cooling/dehumidifying unit all contribute to a more comfortable indoor climate.
The new kitchen (235 sq ft) now has plenty of light, counter and storage space and many features including: tall food pantry with pull-out shelves, compost bin recessed in the counter, pull-out trash/recycling bins, custom wine rack, wine refrigerator, desk with cork backsplash and coat closet. The 48” round dining counter is the perfect spot for family game night and snacks. The custom room divider cabinet for storing A/V equipment and games helps to create a cozy new family room (130 sq ft) for TV watching and hanging out.
The kitchen style is fresh, warm and modern (6x24 dark grey slate floor tile, irregular shaped green glass backsplash tile, honed grey granite, simple Shaker-style doors on Lyptus base cabinets paired with painted white wall and tall cabinets, stainless appliances) with vintage touches (farmhouse sink, schoolhouse pendants, porcelain cabinet knobs). The cozy and inviting family room is simply furnished with a grey sectional with colorful pillows, a tribal kilim rug and two versatile small round wood tables. The flooring material shifts from tile to warm wood to further define the space. Two pair of wall sconces keep light fixtures out of the way.
General Contractor: Nazarian Painting & Home Remodeling
Architect: Mark Bess, AIA