Project: Extensive Kitchen Renovation in Melrose (AKA #ProjectFirstFloorFlip)
It’s fun to enjoy a glass of wine with friends and daydream of renovating your kitchens. It’s even more fun to be able to help a friend turn her dream kitchen into a reality. This was the case for our designer Jenni, being able to help friends in Melrose completely re-think their kitchen, and subsequently the entire first floor of their home!
In the design phase of this project, we developed a couple of floor plan options to choose from; one that kept the footprint of the kitchen slightly larger than the current, and one that blew out multiple walls (one load-bearing and one non-load-bearing) to fully open the kitchen to the living area. Our clients seized the notion to go big or go home, and we pursued the layout that expanded the kitchen along the entire back wall of the house, added a center island, and squeezed in a breakfast nook for family dining.
Now when you enter the front door of the house, your eye is drawn to the kitchen, where we centered the range and hood vent on the back wall, anchoring the corners with a tall pantry cabinet and the refrigerator, and keeping a lot of natural light with symmetrical windows. We moved the sink and dishwasher from under a window to the center island, which allowed for a large expanse of working countertop space on either side of the stove, and supported the overall goal for symmetry on the back wall.
Within the new layout, our carpentry team custom-built the breakfast nook area, as well as an entryway cubby to corral jackets, bookbags and shoes. With a warm and unexpected materials palette of wispy blue-gray stained cabinetry, irregular square white backsplash tile, soft bronze hardware, and pops of stainless and oil-rubbed bronze, the new space feels inviting, layered, and family-friendly. It was such a treat for Jenni and our team to work with these clients and friends to create a gorgeous new space for sipping wine and enjoying company. Cheers to that!