Staying in Place
The owners decided they wanted to prepare their home to age in place. They planned to relocate their dining room and kitchen, to open the kitchen to the family room and then add on a full bedroom and bathroom on the first floor. Their goal was to change the traditional look to something more contemporary with clean lines and a lot of light.
They like to entertain and planned for a big, open, u-shaped kitchen. The refrigerator needed to move so it wouldn’t be the focal point in the space. The homeowners also wanted to add a wine bar, and storage for things that used to be in the dining room, in addition to all the kitchen dishes. They also wanted an area for a desk and file storage, so everything had a proper place. Last, but certainly not least, they wanted a very large island which would work as a spacious seating area.
The island has plenty of storage. Floating shelves were included to add movement and allowed the eyes to focus on the beautiful range. This also helped to create visual interest, rather than repeating cabinets all the way across the wall.
Adding glass to the bar area helps to showcase the crystal and china and keeps the large kitchen from having redundant wall cabinet doors around the space, providing character and class. The desk area was added to the back of a pantry area and helps to introduce cabinetry to the space before you enter the kitchen. It serves the purpose of the client and still feels open.
The new kitchen reflects the homeowners’ style so much better than the old kitchen. The design team transformed the space into something the owners will be able to enjoy for years to come.
Project completed by The Washington Kitchen Gallery in Ijamsville, MD.