This old colonial home lacked kitchen storage, efficiency, and yes, even a dishwasher!
With the basement door entering into the kitchen space, there wasn’t much room for improvement. The adjacent dining room’s entry into the living room broke the living room up as well as made it more difficult to carry groceries into the kitchen. After providing several options, the homeowners selected the option to completely swap their dining room space with their kitchen space and to move the opening to the living room down.
By moving the opening, the living room was able to go from awkward and broken up to being unified and comfortable. The entry from the front door into the kitchen became a direct route, which helped greatly with groceries.
We reused the large window from the dining room in the new dining room space, and moved the patio door down into the dining room so that the spacing around the dining table could be used as walkway, and feel open and spacious, while the kitchen was transformed into a U-shape with a peninsula and pantry.
One obstacle we had to overcome was the soffit that had to stay in the ceiling where the plumbing above ran across the ceiling. Instead of just covering the soffit with drywall and calling it a day, we thought it would be much more visually interesting to put in cove lighting. By simply putting in a nearly rectangular soffit around the dining area, and putting up a piece of wood trim to hide the lighting, we transformed something awkward into something very attractive – now adding some drama to their beautiful old house.
The kitchen provides all the appliances the home owners wanted – yes, they finally have that dishwasher! Instead of angled corner cabinets, the couple chose some 90 degree corner cabinets with piano hinges that allow them to easily access all if its contents.
Large drawers store their pots and pans, and they enjoy several other storage features – tilt out trays, wine rack, pull out spice rack, and wire tray dividers. We encourage all our customers to put wire tray dividers into their refrigerator cabinets as even vertically challenged people, such as this home owner, are able to reach into their refrigerator cabinet to get their cooking sheets, muffin tins, cooling racks, and light weight cutting boards without difficulty!
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