Kitchen Makeover: Wood Cabinets Are Back & Sleeker Than Ever

Kitchen Makeover: Wood Cabinets Are Back & Sleeker Than Ever



I feel like kitchen rows are always a great investment because really that's what people look for if you were selling your home they want to look at your kitchen and they want to see that it's up to date it's functional there's lots of cabinet space – Anna and Eric are a young family they have two kids they've lived here for a while but their kitchen was very non-functional and I think it's been renovated in the early 2000s and when I say renovated that's a very generous way of putting it there was one run of countertop that was I think eight feet long and total also included the stove and the sink the biggest problem the space was definitely de layout it was very challenging because the stairs to the basement crossed the house at a 90-degree angle so they cut up the room in half and they came out about half way through the center of the room it felt like too small choppy rooms there was a tiny kitchen at the back with a small eating area and a little powder room off of it they brought me in because they had big ideas about how they wanted it to look and feel but they really weren't sure how they were gonna achieve that when we started out the first thing we did which is the first thing we do with all our projects is do a complete measure and then draw a million different versions of the plan and one of the things we tried was what happens if we flip the stairs 90 degrees so that they're running lengthwise along the house and it really helped us a lot it gave us so many more options for the layout and it gave them the open kitchen dining room that they wanted there was a window that was existing that actually previously had been in the living room that was high and wide and we thought that would be great if the sink was under it so we kind of started okay because then we can do a deep ledge and if that was the think what goes where what I love about this house is the detailing on the windows I find adds a lot of work it feels kind of French bistro a little warm a little bit aged but also contemporary at the same time we picked the countertops pretty early on my clients doing an air for Barry just like that which I love they both immediately said we love this countertop it has movement to it it doesn't look like stone which they liked that it just looked like it was its own thing and it is a light gray but has some taupey banging through it which keeps it on the crazy side we you knew we wanted slab wood cabinetry and we wanted it to not match the floors but go which i think is always really nice I either feel like it's either bang on or it's different so we were focused on keeping the tone similar but slightly darker on the cabinetry and a heavier grain we knew we wanted lots of sconces in different lighting because as much as this is the kitchen this is a hangout space thought a lot about the oversized light in the dining room because the round dining table is so large it was important that there was something that had enough impact that wasn't gonna be dwarfed and I think that drama of the oversized shade is really interesting and catches your eye and really creates this warm cozy enveloping space in the banquette always I think every go well number one because it saves the tennis base if we just had a round table here the same size table would have to be pulled out a lot further to have enough room to get behind it number two storage underneath it although there's no hardware there all touch lunch drawers so there's storage all along the bottom number three Comfort sitting in a dining chair is all fine and good but sitting on a banquette is way more comfortable it's like a coach we make our banquettes generally 24 inches deep with a sloped back so you can sit cross-legged on it you can sit with your back against it and your legs out front of you so it means the space is much more versatile we ended up with this space between the kitchen and the dining room and we didn't want them to merge because a it felt like we didn't need more kitchen and then be especially if we were thinking this isn't just a casual dining room this is also dining room all the time guest dining room we wanted it to be a little more elegant so with that in mind we thought would there be something useful I mean we're big believers in what we call the old command center kind of a spot on the main floor to dump mail keys charge phones I don't know about you guys but kids get a lot of paperwork from school which way to Newark have two kids there's always papers coming home that we lose all the time but this is kind of a spot that all that stuff gets collected it's just middle of the road spot that everything gets dumped that you know where to find stuff powder room yes the powder room was there before but it didn't look like that it looked gross yeah with an ideal we clad the walls in a grass cloth which I love it's actually a vinyl grass cloth so it protects the walls it swipeable great with kids but gives it a little bit of interest and texture in a subtle way and then we put little tiny corner sink in there but we kept it really simple I mean space wise it doesn't take up a ton of space in a perfect world I would not have the door to the pad room near anything but in this case this was the only way that it would work and it was more important to have the powder room than to not have it they moved back in a few months ago and they have been loving it before their spaces were so separate and cooking was a real chore and now Johanna Erik Max and Theo have space to hang out as a family and really enjoy the light from their backyard

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