Some of the most challenging – and rewarding! – projects are those that require us to incorporate an unusual feature into an entirely new design.
That was the case with this ranch house, whose dominant ceiling treatment demanded an equally bold kitchen design.
“Thirty years ago the house was renovated, with exposed beams, a wood ceiling and skylights to enhance the space,” Mark Haddad said. “The current owners loved the space and hated the kitchen.”
It was drab, dark and had seen better days:
KITCHEN – BEFORE
The homeowners wanted modern, crisp and bright – but those beams, the ceiling and skylights needed to stay.
The result is one of the more eclectic kitchens we’ve created, with dramatic granite, a hefty center island, an eye-catching tile backsplash and a towering faucet/spray system that looks almost sculptural.
There is lots to look at in this space, yet it is clean and filled with light.
Before we could figure out how best to balance the elements in the room, the space needed to be reorganized. The old kitchen had an awkward peninsula and poor traffic flow.
Adding the island and creating an additional entrance closer to the breakfast area diverted foot traffic away from the work triangle.
The island was designed to echo the ceiling treatment, with substantial legs and a finish that closely matches the existing wood and beams. The finish is nutmeg stain on oak from Cookshire Cabinetry.
From there, the homeowner chose a custom buttery yellow finish for the perimeter cabinets, and a bold granite called Mascarello. The 36-inch professional style range is by Bertazzoni, the refrigerator with bottom freezer is by Miele and the space-saving microwave drawer in the island is by Sharp. On the walls, Benjamin Moore’s Fairview Taupe HC-85 ties all the elements together.
Looking for the dishwasher? It’s by Miele and is hidden behind a panel to the left of the sink.
At the sink area, which was designed around an existing porthole window, the Waterstone Gantry faucet is a beautiful (and super functional) focal point when paired with the Franke farmhouse sink.
Across the room in previously underused spaces are a tall pantry for food and storage, and a small but elegant hutch featuring a built-in beverage/wine cooler and glass fronted cabinetry.
It’s a far cry from the rolltop desk that used to live in this corner!