The original kitchen was part of a 1980s tract home occupied by empty nesters. The dated, black-and-white cabinetry did not work for the occupants, who wished their kitchen had a more European look.
Inside the kitchen, this window offers another stunning vantage of the view below. On the sill, a combination of beautiful and functional pieces bring together the different ways this space is used. Meanwhile bright green bar stools create a pop of color that breaks up the neutral-heavy space while providing seating to what is usually a standing-room-only space.
Before the renovation, the kitchen’s size was cut short by a narrow hallway, closet and mudroom that led to the backyard. Appliances, hardware and finishes were dated, and the kitchen suffered from a dark appearance.
Prior to the renovation, the appliances were concentrated along a single 13-foot, nine-inch wall. The result was a kitchen with little room for usable storage.
The preexisting kitchen suffered from an odd layout, where additional storage was located on the other side of a wall that ran parallel down the center of the room. The upper cabinets created a claustrophobic feel in the narrow space, while the monochromatic color palette looked bland.
The former kitchen was a cramped U-shape. The lack of space contributed to difficult traffic flow. In addition, there was little function to this ill-formed kitchen.
A home with considerable square footage did not utilize that space very well. The kitchen was very small vis-à-vis the living room, and uneven ceiling heights contributed to the cramped feeling. Appliances and finishes needed updating as well.