Although the back end of the house is quite spacious, the existing 8 x 10 kitchen was cramped and poorly laid out. The space was too crowded for 2 people to work at the same time and there was not enough counter space or storage. The clients hated the double sink —each bowl was too small and shallow to be functional. They also hated everything about the look and style of the kitchen.
Size: 80 square feet
From the start, the clients wanted to open up the entire area into one continuous space for cooking, entertaining and hanging out. Also on the wish list: a large sink, an island with seating for 4, double wall ovens, and better organized storage for food and cooking supplies.
Flipping the dining area and kitchen improved flow and functionality of the work space. There are now long runs of counter space with designated areas for prep, cooking, clean up, coffee station, and bar. There are multiple spots for sitting either at the island, dining table or lounge area in the bay window nook.
Cabinets and appliances also got a major upgrade. The Sherwin Williams Smoky Blue wall paint provides a colorful backdrop for the white Shaker main cabinets (some with glass fronts), blue-gray island and the blue & gray veined marble-look engineered stone countertop. The large format 4x12 white herringbone tile backsplash provides an interesting pattern in a neutral color. Floating wood shelves (complete with LED undercabinet strip lights) add warmth and texture for display and storage.
Size (kitchen, dining, lounge nook): 435 square feet
General Contractor: European Craftsman, LLC