We all want to have an updated kitchen, right? Even if we never boil water, we still want that cool pot filler or maybe we feel that sudden urge for a steam oven. It’s no wonder that kitchens are the most popular room to remodel according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). But sometimes you just want an updated look using your existing appliances and footprint. This was the case when I was contacted by a client to update his kitchen to reflect a more modern aesthetic. He requested a bar height counter and a more expansive area filled with natural light, but without changing the current layout of his major appliances.
Showing paned windows
Showing wall between kitchen and dining room
To accommodate the client’s requests, our design solution included removing the wall between his existing kitchen and dining room to capture more light from the three existing dining room windows. I know that moving a wall is a little aggressive, but this provided the space for the bar height counter he requested and opened the space for greater entertaining possibilities. A peninsula with new storage drawers serves to delineate the kitchen area from the eating area and creates a place to watch television while enjoying a morning cup of coffee.
Showing removal of the wall between the kitchen and dining room
New bar height counter
We replaced multipaned French doors with single panels of glass, painted the walls a bright white, and installed glass tiles to reflect light. Durable finishes, including Dekton and engineered quartz, were specified for the kitchen counters, island, and new peninsula. We updated the lighting, and we removed all electrical outlets from the backsplash and placed them underneath the upper cabinets. We designed new cabinet fronts and painted them a dark gray for contrast. The final touches included adding brushed gold hardware and a new sink and faucet.
The kitchen is now a fresh, contemporary space where the homeowner can spend time with family and entertain friends.
Hello Updated and Modern