The Izquierdos updated their kitchen with sustainability in mind. All of the lighting in the space uses LED bulbs. The Task LED lighting is in the recessed cans, under cabinet lights, and accent lights inside the cabinets. As you can see from the photos, you’d never know! Another major green improvement in this redesign was improving the ventilation over the cooktop. The Izquierdo’s had a recirculating fan before the renovation. When Bill reconfigured the space, he moved the cooktop to a wall where the hood was able to vent directly outdoors. The Izquierdo’s minimized the use of new materials and waste by having the existing floor tile relaid.
The details are so well thought out in this kitchen — from the coordinating cabinet hardware to the mosaic behind the cooktop. Since the wall with the cooktop is the main focal point from the dining room, we wanted to make sure it was especially attractive.
To steal some space from the oversized adjacent laundry room, Bill pocketed the refrigerator and ovens into the wall a foot. This gave more space to the kitchen without compromising use of the laundry room.
To further aid the new flow through the space, the bathroom adjacent to the garage got a new door. Replacing a door that swings out with a pocket door was a simple, effective way to avoid collisions in a tight space. All of these changes made the workflow in the kitchen so much smoother without having to add on to the house or touch any exterior walls.