Designer: Krista Agapito
Project name: Dramatic Details and Beams
Project location: Winter Haven, Fla.
Square footage: 182
Project cost: $225,000
The client knew she wanted to update her 1980s kitchen with all of the amenities, appliances and storage solutions that would make it fun and functional. She desired something that would fit the feel and style of her home but also something modern, simple and warm. The tiny footprint made designing and maximizing the space a challenge, and each wall bears a load from the second story.
Taking advantage of the 16-foot ceiling, beams were installed as a solution and brought drama to the space. Adding a built-in bar with pocket doors—and a dark slat wall with razor-thin stainless steel shelves—makes it feel even larger. Satin finishes on the cabinets and walls keep a sense of warmth in the white finishes, and the cedar ceiling in the dining area maintains an organic nature.
Cabinetry: Poggenpohl, Nut Tree, White Satin, Pebble GreyMatte, Diamond Grey Slat
Countertop: Caeserstone Haze; Grothouse Walnut
Lighting: WAC; Tech
Fixtures: Kohler Prolific; Delta Black Stainless
Tile: Copacobana Granite
Appliances: SubZero; Wolf; Asko; Scottsman
Flooring: Happy Floor Porcelain
Photos: Rickie Agapito, AOFotos, Inc.
Project name: Picture Perfect
Project location: Anoka, Minn.
Square footage: 515
Project cost: $174,884
The plan eliminated an obtrusive pantry closet and reconfigured the floor plan and all of the appliance locations to square off the formerly diagonal space. The open layout meant integrating the new custom cabinetry and surfaces with the rest of the main level.
The designer chose neutral cabinets throughout and let subtle shadow lines from new windows define the classic millwork. However, she specified dark tops for the perimeter work surfaces to showcase the coveted appliances and diminish the all-white island. Moving the lounge area from the outside wall to the former pantry area unlocked the true potential of the space.
Paint/stain: Benjamin Moore
Photos: Alyssa Lee Photography
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Project name: Two Disparate Rooms Become One
Project location: San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Square footage: 496
Project cost: $180,115
The main goal of this kitchen remodel was to merge two formerly separate rooms – a 15-year-old isolated kitchen addition and a large, dark, and minimally used mudroom off the garage – and turn the new combined space into an open, inviting kitchen integrated into the rest of the home. Other goals for the clients were to update all finishes and create a space, with all new professional grade appliances, where they would be able to cook together.
Without any strong connection to the rest of the house, the original kitchen was an isolated space with a large and unused adjacent mudroom. The remodel enlarged the kitchen, added elegant finishes and made use of the abundant natural light. Upgraded appliances and super-efficient cabinets have helped the owners achieve their goal of an inviting space where they can enjoy cooking together. The kitchen and mudroom are now well integrated into the rest of the house and is a space where family and friends love to spend time.
Tile: Walker Zanger
Lighting: Restoration Hardware
Exhaust hood: Wolf
Photos: Jim Bartsch