This kitchen lacked a good traffic flow and room for an adequate eating area. Additionally, the fireplace was awkwardly crammed next to the exterior wall. April Spagnolo of Pittsburgh, PA-based Evalia Design, LLC decided to create a more open, easy flow in the kitchen, while adding a proper eat-in area and making the fireplace fit into the room.
By adding a bump out space to the sink wall of the existing kitchen, additional room was provided for an eat-in breakfast area, while the previous breakfast area was turned into an office. A walk-in pantry was also placed in part of the old breakfast room. A new doorway was added between the kitchen and living room and a dry bar, by special request from the owner, was positioned in the space where the old refrigerator sat. Another goal for Spagnolo was to enlarge the cooking area and create room for a 48″ range. In order to achieve this, the cooking wall was enlarged to become the focal point of the kitchen and the island was turned and made bigger to provide a work surface and seating area. Finally, the fireplace was refaced with brick veneer to become a more central part of the kitchen.