Friday, December 13, 2013

This Old House-A Recent Project: White Kitchen Remodel

I recently wrapped up a kitchen remodel that, I think, turned out great. The home is charming & tiny; located in the Sugar House area of Salt Lake City. If you are from Utah, you know that small and old are synonymous with Sugar House! This client was a referral from a past client (thank you!) and from the second we met, it was a wonderful working relationship. Her and her husband purchased the home from her family after her dear grandparents passed away. The memories their family had made in the home were abundant and she wanted to preserve as much of these as possible, while updating things; especially the kitchen. It was clear that a major renovation was in order; what was also {painfully} clear was the lack of space they had to work with in the kitchen. We talked of keeping the renovation minimal and working with what was originally designated as the kitchen space, but as we talked about the new layout, we simply needed more square footage to work with. So began the discussion of tearing out walls and encroaching into the formal dining space. She discussed the idea with her hubby and in the end it was decided that gaining space in the kitchen and creating a more open plan was their goal. This was the original kitchen- tiny, dark, cramped and seriously outdated. The wall we removed was here:
Here is another view of the wall that was removed- you can see the existing kitchen area to the left and the formal dining area to the right and the dividing wall in the center.
The wall with the windows after:
The wall we decided to use as the pantry area and fridge to anchor is shown here in the before photo:
The after:
We decided to create an area for informal dining, and because the home was super low on storage, we came up with the idea to add the built in benches with storage underneath. The built in's flow off the kitchen cabinets. The little round table was incredibly inexpensive from Target. I love this sunny corner- The before:
With our tight budget, we knew we would be using a moderately priced tile on the floor. We came up with this simple porcelain tile and had it laid in a brick pattern with minimal grout lines for easy maintenance to add some subtle interest.
And the large island that seats 6 holds her apron front sink and has a ton of necessary storage:
She loved the idea of some open shelving, because her budget didn't allow for the beautiful hood on her wish list. We decided this would break up the cabinet wall and add some character- I just love how they turned out:
With the new more open floor plan, we needed to somehow designate the living room from the kitchen- the desire was to create a breaking point for the change in flooring (we refinished the original hardwood in the living area) and to frame out the lovely new kitchen. We opted to add the arched opening.
Some details- my client wanted a subtle roman shade on her windows- we used a ticking stripe:
Thanks to this darling family for letting me help with their remodel; I hope they enjoy this fresh, clean, updated space for many years to come. XO Denise

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