2017 ASID NJ Bronze Award for Design Excellence - Large Kitchen
The homeowners identified both functional and style problems: not enough counter or storage space, refrigerator blocking basement door, range hood doesn’t exhaust outside, sink too small, style not at all their aesthetic.
After a thorough assessment of the family’s needs and preferences, several construction changes greatly improved the functionality of this kitchen: laundry was relocated to the basement, back corner of house was squared off adding 24 SF, back door to deck was relocated to opposite end of wall, and appliances were relocated for better access and counter space. The couple is now happily cooking on a 36” 5-burner range with a powerful exhaust hood surrounded by plenty of counter space. The back window overlooking the deck and garden was widened for more light and view from the kitchen sink. Two casement windows flanking the hood bring light and their narrowness helps with privacy on the driveway/neighbor side of the house. A Docking Drawer charging station keeps devices out of sight.
As before, the colors and finishes were a true collaboration with the client who has a very fine design eye and had a clear vision for her 1940’s style retro kitchen. White Shaker-style cabinets and black engineered stone countertops provide a neutral back drop for the colorful and whimsical design details.The TSID team provided guidance, resources and consulting as the client worked through patterns for the checkerboard floor and the black and white mosaic tile backsplash. Our awesome installation teams made it all work out.
Thoughtful attention was paid to the environmental impact of all design decisions. The 10x10 Forbo Marmoleum linoleum floor tiles are made from 97% natural materials (linseed oil, wood waste production flour and rapidly renewable jute) including 43% recycled content. Other sustainable elements include: recycled denim insulation, antique table, reusing the perfectly functional white dishwasher, LED recessed and undercabinet lighting on dimmers, Energy Star appliances, water conserving faucets including a water filter system to eliminate toxins and energy efficient Pella windows. Smart shopping netted an unused floor model La Cornue CornuFe 1908 range from local source Green Demolitions. During demolition, asbestos embedded in the wall and ceiling plaster was safely removed and disposed of.
SIZE: 237 square feet
General Contractor: European Craftsman, LLC