This kitchen was in fairly good shape, it just didn’t match the style the customer wanted for their home. It felt closed off from the rest of the house.
In particular, a post header divided the kitchen. The placement was unusual and separated the kitchen from the dining area. Despite the large square footage available, the entire room felt confined due to this unusual design feature. Unfortunately, the post was structurally necessary for the kitchen and could not be removed.
There were functional problems with the kitchen layout that had to be addressed as well. The microwave in the existing kitchen was up too high for common use since it was stacked above the wall oven.
There were two very large closets within a few feet of each other and there was a planning desk which was largely unused. Right away in our designs, we decided to re-purpose one closet area for additional cabinetry and counter space, and change the second to a decorative pantry with glass doors to keep the function but improve the look.
For the dining area, the customers wanted to incorporate a new slim fireplace and add an additional television for entertaining.
One of the appliances, an under counter wine refrigerator which was initially planned to be replaced ended up being reused, however, the space designed for the unit is convertible to a larger size should they decide to replace the unit in the future.