The clients had a large kitchen before this project, but it just wasn’t working for them. Things kept piling up in the kitchen for this family with three small children. When Bill first visited the home, he noticed that the entryway from the garage was the source of most of the build up. People would drop off their backpacks, groceries etc on the kitchen island. It quickly held everything — including the kitchen sink.
The new design directs people through the space and keeps them out of the main kitchen work area. The kids have a new place to do their homework and store their supplies in the custom-made banquet. This informal dining area has multiple drawers built in to create more storage space. By moving the entry to the dining room down a few feet, the family is able to utilize a wall that was otherwise wasted space and create a warm breakfast nook.
The clients were concerned with the space feeling too closed off with the new layout. To maintain a bit of connectivity to the new mudroom, half bath, and entrance to the garage, Bill decided to leave the space over the sink that would usually be a backsplash, open. This gives the illusion of a window and helps draw daylight into the kitchen.
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.Share post