The goal of redesigning this kitchen space was not to make it larger; rather, it was to create an inviting, functional space, which was achieved through updating appliances and cabinetry and adding more storage and workspace.
According to Lynne Shore with RI Kitchen & Bath, the existing kitchen footprint worked well for the homeowners, and it would have been impossible to do any add-ons.
“The space is actually a step below the rest of this old home,” she added. “It sits on a 12-in. crawl space platform and was once a cold pantry storage area that was converted into a kitchen.”
Project steps included:
- Replacing a too-large commercial range with a smaller version that better suited their needs
- Designing around a mechanical box on the window wall and creating storage underneath
- Converting an access space with a ship’s ladder to the third-floor balcony into a broom and linen closet
- Bumping out the dining room wall opposite the range into the kitchen space to make the cabinets more easily accessible
- Replacing the oversized butcher block island with a smaller, more functional version
- Replacing the built-ins with classic white beadboard cabinetry for a classy, elegant feel
- Incorporating the red color of the knobs on the Wolf range throughout the space
- Updating the ceramic terra cotta floor with an organic sand stone tile, which was also carried up to the tiled backsplash
“Our client immediately fell in love with the red knobs on the Wolfe range – insight we took and ran with,” said Shore. “We also wanted to keep some of the kitchen’s original charm, and overall I think we created a pleasurable space the homeowners are proud of.”