Timeless Transitional Design
The construction challenges were really surrounding the structural changes, original plumbing chase work arounds and dealing with window locations that had previously been replaced. This drove a lot of the fundamental design decisions- which in some manner helped to save money, with that we decided to leave our sink, dishwasher, kitchen window and original waste line in place. We invested in incorporating a steel drop beam to clear span over 15′ which allowed for an open Great Room area we could use for Family and Dining Room spaces and opened up adjacent walls to expand our cramped circa 1978 front Entry hall. As with any renovation of an older home we were faced with repairs as we opened things up, but ultimately we were able to maintain the most important items which were painted cabinetry with paneled sides, base trim and stepped molding details. Adjustments were made to the construction of the cabinetry, going with a full access engineered box versus a framed plywood style to offset costs. A pot filler was important to us because of the distance to the sink from the induction range, an easy choice considering the savings in not moving the sink or main waste line. I also paid special attention to the way in which that wasteline was encapsulated, allowing for a full height cabinet that becomes a feature along the window wall and flanked by wall cabinets and windows. Ultimately the kitchen layout is supremely convenient when returning from the store as it is right near the garage, the layout allows for multiple cooks to function in the same area with separate counter spaces for prep – including a builtin walnut butcher block, and great adjacency to adjoining spaces for interaction with family and guests. There is also a great mix of textures, contrasting shapes and finishes which I feel translates as appealing for a longer period of time and to a broader range of styles, making it more timeless and livable.
Opened floor plan to enhance family life and interaction. Incorporated a drop beam, boxed in antique material to provide distinction between spaces in open plan.*
View to Kitchen from front space of house, the overall renovated area was once three individual rooms, with the original Dining Room and Kitchen being quite dark.*
Relocating the Refrigerator to be tucked out of site and more accessible for the family without disturbing the cook. The island offers a great drop zone for unloading needed items from the REF. An appliance garage hides away a coffee station and toaster.*
This was once the main view from the back Hall, the family's daily entrance into the home. What was once a crammed wall of appliances and refaced cabinetry is now one of depth and light. The island incorporates a walnut butcher block at lowered height enabling the children to take part in meal prep.*
Original Kitchen- viewing the wall (one of two that were removed). Last renovation to this 1978 kitchen was a reface in the 90's.* *All photos are my own, it has not been professionally shot yet.