Four previously existing rooms became a new kitchen and hall centerpiece for a remodel, respecting the existing floorplan while bringing the best view from the back to the front of the home.
Blue panels in three “interior” spacesThe work consists of a gut kitchen renovation down to the studs, a new connection to the existing dining room, a new hall connecting the back of the house to the front entry, and accessory pantry and powder room spaces.
The client’s main goal was creating a large opening between the kitchen and the dining room, while bringing more organization to the floorplan in the back half of the ground floor, which had been improvised over the decades through multiple previous additions. Compounding the challenge was the offset relationship between the dining room and kitchen, which had never been meant to communicate directly with each other. A large opening centered on the dining room would be awkwardly off center in the kitchen, and vice versa. To address this, a built in hutch and the kitchen island are made in a different material that matches the historical character of the home, defining the hall as an intermediary transition.
The kitchen itself is spacious, but up against existing constraints, placement and sizing of an island and possible locations for appliances came down to inches.
The primary design opportunity was a new avenue for light, air, circulation, and view.
The island counter projects by three inches in to the hall, but the legs are aligned with the rest of the millwork, preventing a feeling of encroachment.
We were able to reuse existing doors, helping the remodel blend in to the original – including a glazed door that was perfect for the pantry entrance.
No surface or wall was flat or plumb, creating the need to balance tolerances during construction.
In addition to the functional and conceptual aims of the project, the material palette was a rich blend between a contemporary look and feel, with natural materials that blended in to the historical context.
The result would not have been possible without a collaboration with Kanna Woodcraft, who executed beautiful rift sawn white oak kitchen furniture.