This kitchen remodel was a total makeover. The large kitchen island was necessary to perform all the tasks that the client needs this kitchen to provide. This kitchen has more function packed features than you can imagine. You pretty much have to imagine them because we hid most of them so we could provide the clean crisp transitional design lines that this client loves. All of the appliances are built in to the cabinets. There is storage for small appliances in drawers and cabinets with pull outs to make access easy for lifting and convenience while cooking, utensil drawers are slotted, there are even spice rack pull outs at the range. We built in a charging station and cork board message center in the mud/laundry room and added extra outlets in the island and counter area.
If you are using natural stone for your countertops like granite, soapstone, or slate you need to be sure that your fabricator is going to lay out the granite to best show off the movement in the stone and hide any flaws that may naturally occur. This granite kitchen island is a great example of using the movement of the granite. Make your slab selection at the stone yard instead of the fabricator so you will have more choices not only in types of stone but also in the number of slabs in a particular type of stone you have already chosen.
For this project we chose granite that has a lot of movement and color and made it the wow for the room and complimented it by using gray marble for the floor with random insets of granite that had just a touch of red and this looks great with the stainless steel appliances and hood vent. The wood floors are oak and we chose a finish on the alder wood cabinets that would blend them together. The 2″ x 2″ glass tile has an iridescent background that combines all the colors and also gives another textural element to the entire space.
My client’s favorite view is when standing in front of the undermount sink because the open floor plan allows him to see from the kitchen to the family room, dining room, foyer, billiard room, and mud room. However no one else can see the sink unless they are in the kitchen because the island surface is bar height. We were able to place this oversized kitchen island in this space after we eliminated 2 walls that were perpendicular to each other and framed in the dining room and foyer and family room. We built up the header and footers to the structural engineer’s specifications so there would be no need to worry about any structural shifting later.
The dining room features a jupe or puzzle table, you just pull each side of the circle and the table opens to reveal leaves that you flip up.
The master bathroom was the first renovation that we worked on with this client. We were able to re-designed the layout of the bathroom fixtures by looking at the entire master suite space. We removed the closet doors from the bathroom and located one door in the master bedroom, borrowed space from a linen and game closet, and powder room and made the master bath more functional. Now it includes a whirlpool tub with granite surround, large shower with rimless glass, double vanities with vessel sinks, a fireplace and a TV. The water closet now has a privacy door and linen closet. All of it done in a transitional/contemporary style.