For a family of four that loves to cook and entertain, this early 19th-century kitchen just wasn’t quite getting it done. The two-centuries-old kitchen presented several challenges, including a poorly designed traffic flow and narrow and dark conditions, not to mention a strict budget.
According to designer Kira Van Deusen of Covenant Kitchens & Baths, Inc., “The family knew what they wanted and came with a wish list that included a 48″ Kohler Stages sink and an equally hefty Thermador steam oven.” Van Deusen and her team were tasked with creating a space that would reflect the home’s ‘beachy’ vibe and its owners’ laid-back personalities. In order to open up the room, the team removed a back corner staircase and swapped the swing-in porch door for a swing-out door. The pantry wall was moved forward in order to recess the refrigerator. By opening the kitchen to the dining room and adding windows and strategically placed pendants, a light and spacious feel was created. The addition of peninsula seating creates a feeling of family togetherness in the area and makes for a convenient breakfast spot. To top it off, the design team kept the project under budget by reusing existing appliances and wood and relying on visually engaging textures instead of more expensive materials.