Shaker-style, light maple finish cabinetry with a black backsplash and countertops left the small kitchen feeling dark, tight and crowded. The cabinets were not old or outdated, but they did not fit with the classic style of this 1920s Mediterranean house. The homeowners sought to open up the space and blend the kitchen with an adjacent nook area without the option to move any walls.
Swapping the locations of the refrigerator and range produces a visual space between the kitchen and living room, and reorienting the bar seating area into an L shape makes the kitchen feel twice as large. A bench seat in the nook space creates a cozy banquette, and a wine area across the way helps tie it all together. The glass-front cabinets use wood-stained back panels to match the floor.
Cabinetry: Omega Denison Countertop: Calacuta Lincoln Marble Appliances: Blue Star; Thermador Range hood: Vent-A-Hood
The objective was to renovate an outdated kitchen built in 1986 to fit in with the rest of the previously updated living and dining spaces. The clients had a vision of a transitional kitchen and were looking for a way to integrate color without overwhelming the small space. Finding a way to integrate the right color to satisfy their request became the main challenge of the project.
The layout remained the same for the most part, with the exception of a new peninsula that increased the amount of kitchen seating and created a more formal separation between the kitchen and adjacent dining room. To solve the main challenge, the company provided three options for color application: on the cabinets, on the walls or at the counters. Ultimately, the clients preferred a colorful cabinet and chose a deep navy, which paired perfectly with the golden bronze hardware.
Tile: Dal-Tile Rittenhouse Square subway tile Doors: Andersen 200 Series gliding patio door Windows: Andersen Vinyl fixed windows Cabinetry: Douglas Cabinetry Countertop: Aurea Stone Phidias Sink: Blanco Faucet: Moen
Sometimes a new construction home needs a remodel soon after it is occupied. This was the case with a client of S&W Kitchens of Longwood, Florida. They took a typical builder kitchen and converted it to something completely different—a warm, inviting gathering place in the theme of a coastal farmhouse. Because this was new-construction home, the homeowners had a limited budget.
The result is a bright open space suitable for gatherings of friends and family. Finishes were key to achieving the look designed by Larissa Hicks: glass tiles in shades of blue for the backsplashes, hardwood flooring, stainless steel Viking appliances, and beautiful stone countertops.