Our clients were ready for some modern conveniences to make their kitchen more functional, comfortable and to add more storage, but two door openings, two windows, a chimney and a door to the basement not only made the layout awkward and inefficient, but they also sucked up valuable wall space. To add to the challenge - the walls and ceiling of this 100+ year old home were out of plumb and in rough shape. Finally, the home had been designated "Historic" by the local Historic District Commission (HDC) thus making major changes to the home's footprint and exterior very difficult. With all these factors weighing heavily on our clients - they could not visualize a path to an update that would give them what they desired within their budget.
The existing layout had too many obstacles in it to make any sort of major redesign possible. Something needed to "give" that would help to add more wall space without adding square footage or tearing down walls. Challenges our designers had to overcome included:
The existing footprint was maintained; however moving an historic window and reconfiguring the space dramatically improved the functionality and storage capacity of the small kitchen. The clients brought their own personality into the design with a cherry-red Big Chill stove and hood as the focal point. Countertops, cabinets and flooring were also updated along with the necessary rebuilding of walls
Despite the challenges presented by the small footprint, this quaint 100-year-old Victorian’s kitchen was brought into the 21st century by using creative space planning melded with the client’s fun and funky design aesthetic. With a pat on the back from the local historical district commission, this new kitchen stays true to the original architectural style of the home but gives the client all the modern bells and whistles packaged in a colorful, yet classic room that fits seamlessly into the surrounding spaces.