When our clients moved to Chapel Hill several years ago they fell in love with the town, their location, and the forest surrounding their home. The house, though bright and welcoming on the outside, did not make up for the dark cramped interior. The following steps show how their kitchen remodel transformed the house into an inviting and comfortable home.
- Step 1: Customer Information
- Step 2: House Call
- Step 3: Project Review
- Step 4: Construction
- The Finished Project
Step 1: Customer Information
The goal of the first meeting is to answer a few questions about the family’s lifestyle demands, other wants, and personal style. The clients’ residence, in a wooded area outside Chapel Hill, is home to a family of four. The homeowners’ main objectives were:
1. Create a kitchen that is more connected with the rest of the house
2. Take advantage of the forest view
3. A design that is more enjoyable for everyday living
4. A kitchen that easily transitions a busy family’s kitchen into one for casual entertaining.
Step 2: House Call
When Bill visited their home he saw what they meant by better incorporating the kitchen with the rest of the house. The small U-shaped kitchen was separated from the dining room by a wall, closing in an already dark area. The kitchen had two small windows in front of the sink, and the wall separating the dining room had a dated 1980s cutout.
Step 3: Project Review
Now that Bill had visited their home, he worked with the owners, designing a plan that updated their layout and decongested the small space. Specific plans included:
1. Remove the wall dividing the kitchen and dining room
2. One island with sink that overlooks the backyard and dining area
3. Second island with bar seating and undercounter beverage storage.
The double islands provide ample work space and allow wide backyard views, easy interaction between those working in the kitchen, and those dining or doing homework at the bar. The islands also create an improved flow, both around the kitchen and between the refrigerator, sink, and range.
Next the owners played with their color palette to add the finishing details. Stylistic plans are where their personal taste truly shines. They wanted the interior to reflect the surrounding woods and did so by selecting natural, soft colors. Their no-fuss style also showed in their product choices.
1. DuraSupreme Arcadia Classic cabinets with clear glass doors have a sleek, easy-to-clean look
2. Stone and glass tile splash
3. Cypress finish on island cabinets create a relaxed weathered look
4. Uba Tuba granite countertops complement the island finish and draw in the foresty green outside.
Step 4: Construction
Once the cabinets arrived, construction began.
1. Take out wall separating kitchen and dining room
2. Reroute electrical wires
3. Replace small windows and sink area with microwave, stainless steel refrigerator, and work center
4. Paint large window trim in dining area to brighten it up and draw attention to the view
5. Move door to the office area, creating a better path outside
6. Hardwood floors
7. Cabinetry and islands
The Finished Project
The main goal of opening up the kitchen came through while still keeping it a cozy spot in the woods. The design details the owners carefully contemplated during the process, like the glass cabinet doors, cabinet finishes, and backsplash tile work together to form this tasteful kitchen. Other finishing touches, such as warm lighting, turned this kitchen into an inviting area suitable for family living and gatherings.Share post