The empty nest clients were downsizing from their large traditional family home in Montclair. The small ranch they found in town was just the right size and on a great block. It hadn’t been updated in a while and was the perfect candidate for a modern makeover. A kitchen remodeling was at the top of the list. The placement and condition of the appliances was inconvenient to say the least — the dishwasher was draining into the laundry sink one floor below and the range was wedged into a corner. Countertop space and storage were lacking.KITCHEN SOLUTION:
This project was on a fast track so in order to save the 4 week construction permit waiting time we arranged with the sellers' attorney for permission to file a permit application before the closing when the buyers would be the official owners. Demolition started the day after closing.
To improve the flow between kitchen and living space, the first design move was to replace the wall between the kitchen and the eating area with a peninsula that provides storage and a convenient countertop for serving the dining table. The dishwasher was relocated next to the sink (with proper drainage) and the range was relocated to allow for plenty of room to spread out during prep and cooking. The client reported that the clever storage accessories (roll out shelves in tall food pantry, pull-out cutting boards bin, pull-out trash/recycling bins) and the smart layout give her the same amount of useable storage as her old kitchen that was twice the size. And still plenty of display space for their favorite handmade Vermont pottery collection.
The clients' favorite part of their new 123 square foot kitchen is the modern style and warm, open feel: slab-door cherry cabinets, handmade mosaic glass tile backsplash, mid-century modern aluminum dining chandelier, 12x12 porcelain floor tile, engineered stone countertop, mini track accent lighting and sleek stainless steel outlet cover plates. The new full glass awning window is trimmed with simple cherry wood to match the cabinets. Glass backsplash continues full height above the window. The cabinet hardware has the modern handmade look the clients love.