The range and refrigerator were jammed in a cramped corner. There was inadequate storage and counter space. The look was dated.
A few key structural changes to the space resulted in major improvements. The room was gutted to the studs and everything was replaced. Removing the pantry closet allowed for a longer run of cabinets at the sink wall where a granite countertop continues into the new garden window, now home to plants and a flock of ornamental glass birds. Removing the side window overlooking the neighbor's house made it possible to move the refrigerator and tall pantry cabinets into that location, creating more space for the range and food prep area. Removing the door and widening the opening between the kitchen and dining room resulted in a better flow and more light. A new peninsula provides seating for two.
The materials and colors were carefully selected for balance. White cabinets keep it light and bright. The contrasting backsplash field tile picks up the deep grey-green in the granite, and the stone and glass tile mosaic is a custom blend of greys, greens and teal. The deep teal-blue wall color adds a dynamic pop of saturated color. The new wood floor is slightly darker and wider planked than the remainder of the house for effective visual warmth. Mouth-blown, clear-seeded glass pendants add creative interest without adding bulk.
General Contractor: Stoddart Associates Inc.