Transformation: Kitchen Becomes Collaborative Space
Katye Christiansen Englert, FASID, NCIDQ, CAPS was tasked with updating this kitchen and its adjacent fireplace surround to create a space in which the homeowners, avid cooks, could enjoy working side-by-side to prep meals. The homeowners desired a larger pantry with incorporated countertops and abundant storage, as well as storage places for small appliances. The ventilation, lighting and number of outlets left a lot to be desired, as well.
Englert’s team created a large walk-in pantry with open shelving, under-cabinet lighting and soapstone countertops to provide additional work and prep space, along with pocket doors to hide the pantry from view when not in use. Layered lighting in the space – undercabinet recessed strip lighting, task lighting along the bottom of upper cabinets, pendant lighting over the sink and cluster lighting over the island – provides adequate illumination for multiple tasks. Finishes and colors were selected to coordinate with the existing knotty alder base of the kitchen and greatroom to create a sense of continuity. A new vent hood with an in-line blower in the attic and make-up air damper ducting provides plenty of ventilation without additional noise.
After photos: Scott Zimmerman Photography