Although the style of the client’s home is traditional, they wanted a slightly more modern feel to the kitchen so a transitional style was chosen. We achieved this by choosing simple shaker inset cabinetry, in a white finish on the perimeter and a dark cherry espresso on the island. The black and white tones of the sueded granite play off those colors while the polished nickel lighting and hardware provide a sleek contrast. While the island has traditional elements such as turned legs and bead board detail, the glossy glass subway tile, framed glass front doors, and exposed cutlery rack at the range all help to give the kitchen a modern vibe.
A large, framed opening was added to the wall between the kitchen and family room to allow for a more open floor plan. The pantry closet was removed and cabinetry with roll out shelving and a separate broom closet were added to optimize storage. The new larger island now houses the main sink and ample seating for four. The homeowners can keep an eye on their two children while at the sink and also view the TV when working at the island. A second prep sink was added in the location of the old sink to provide a spot for multiple cooks.
Appliances were upgraded including a new 42” built-in refrigerator and a 48” gas range for this family that likes to cook and entertain. A “mom’s area” was carved out of a shallow depth spot by the dining table, housing the phone, baskets for kid’s projects, a bulletin board and an area for the laptop computer. The lighting was updated to include recessed cans, decorative pendants at the island and sink, and under cabinet lighting, along with a new decorative chandelier at the dining table.