As we have all heard some swans start out as ugly ducklings. A recent project I completed fits this fable very well! The house had it all; location, the right size, the right price (well almost), and loads of charm. It also was out-dated, worn and dirty, and kind of ugly. This is where architects step in!
It always starts with a plan!? We decided right away to work within the tight existing kitchen footprint. This room is only about 8'-0" square but it is right in the heart of the city where space is at a premium. The existing layout just didn't work though. The appliances were in the wrong locations and were over scaled for the space. Why have an enormous suburban refrigerator with a mini, apartment sized stove in a house which can't sleep more than 1 or 2 people?
Thermador was chosen after careful research and is flanked by cabinetry with furniture detailing. An antique rug softens the room on top of Waterworks stone tile. Warm colored LED under-cabinet lighting helps to brighten the space along with an antique lantern found at my favorite source, Artisan lighting.
The sink wall is very visible from the dining room so appliances were hidden behind paneling and the cabinets have glass fronts to display china and glassware.
The un-lacquered brass Waterworks fixtures match the hardware throughout the house and a pocket door enables the messy kitchen to be closed off from the dining room or keep cooking smells isolated. Bacon might taste good but it can really smoke out the house!
Cabinet hardware is so important as it becomes the jewelry of the job.