The existing house dates from the 1980s. It had the stark white walls, skylit, cathedral ceilings and plastic laminate cabinets common in houses of that era. The U-shape configuration of the kitchen was efficient, but was separated from the breakfast area of the adjacent family room by a wall of cabinets that included the cooktop and microwave.
The redesigned kitchen opened up this wall. The new configuration provides a pass-through serving counter that improves the connection between the kitchen and breakfast area. Although the square footage of the kitchen is the same as before, the new arrangement feels much more spacious and congenial.
The re-imagined divider wall is wrapped in honey-colored limestone that compliments the natural wood finish of the existing ceiling and windows. New maple cabinets continue the palette of natural finished wood. The golden tones of the cabinets and stone divider wall add needed warmth to the previously austere kitchen. The pass-through provides not only a generous serving counter for the breakfast area, but also bar seating.
The divider wall display cabinets have reeded glass doors on both sides. The reflectivity and transparency of the glass further enhances the connection between the kitchen and breakfast area.
The redesigned kitchen embraces the most handsome features of the original house: the skylit, wood ceilings and the continuous band of natural wood windows. Modest but transformative modifications provide an arrangement of wall and opening that is much more inclusive, with improved communication between kitchen and breakfast area. The natural finishes of the new cabinet, wall and countertop surfaces further this atmosphere of comforting and generous continuity.
An existing “Jack and Jill” bath, just 7’-6” x 8’-6” square, is shared between two bedrooms. The original arrangement was cramped, dark and awkward. The revitalized space provides not only a double vanity with storage, but also a shower the full width of the room. Separating the vanity area from the shower with a transparent partition allows the entire room to feel luxuriously spacious. The wall- hung vanity, luminous glass tiles, large mirror and improved lighting all contribute to the airy character of the renewed room. The tiger maple cabinet compliments the natural wood of the existing doors, providing warmth and interest. Countertop is Cambrian Black granite. Floor tile is porcelain.