Renovating our kitchen has dramatically changed the way we live in our house.
2016 ASID NJ Bronze Award For Design Excellence - Large KitchenPROBLEM:
The clients reported that the kitchen in this circa 1906 late Victorian home in Maplewood, NJ was "functional but woefully impractical" for their family of four. The back end of the house was cold and drafty. The powder room in the middle of the kitchen space was badly located and falling apart. The kitchen felt closed off from the back yard and the rest of the house. There was a mound of what the family called "shoepidity" by the side door that needed help.SOLUTION:
The powder room was moved out of the way to the back of the house. The wall in between the kitchen and dining room was replaced with 45" tall cabinets on either side of a 54" wide opening. With the center of the new 275 square foot kitchen space opened up, there was now room for a 36" counter-height island (housing a small speedcook/microwave oven) with a 42" bar-height eating counter. The range was relocated from the awkward corner and the refrigerator was relocated to the right of the sink next to a tall food pantry and broom closet. The nearly 2’ dropped soffit was removed to allow for combined 42" tall wall cabinets (30" + 12"). With the increased cabinet height and other additional added storage, the butler’s pantry was no longer critical and so was replaced with French sliding doors to the deck, and a well-organized jacket and shoe closet.
This kitchen has many thoughtful features and accessories including: a pull-out spice rack to the right of the range, a rattan basket drawer for fruit and vegetables, a bread drawer, a pull-out 2 bin trash/recycling cabinet and a deep drawer with a sliding utensil divider. The beverage station keeps coffee prep out of the way of the main action and displays glassware behind lighted leaded-glass cabinet doors. But the coolest by far is the 45" wide stainless Kohler "Stages" sink with a stepped side platform for prepping food or drying dishes, a sliding tray for 6 prep bowls plus a sliding, thick walnut cutting board. Check out the four minute demonstration video below. Menu in the photo is from Blue Apron with recipe ingredients for Shrimp Garam Masala with rice. The plants love the new box bay window behind the sink.
The carefully selected materials create the Arts and Crafts style kitchen the clients wanted: quartersawn white oak cabinets in a wide framed flat panel door, soapstone countertops, handmade Motawi landscape tiles in a field of green crackle-glazed FireclayTile 4x4s, bronze windowpane lantern pendants and Craftsman-style rubbed bronze cabinet hardware.
Architect: Mark Bess, mba ARCHITECTS