Cool, Calm and Collected
When these Ann Arbor homeowners reached out to Meadowlark, they had visions of making the kitchen lighter and brighter and becoming a space where they could join together as a family or entertain friends. They were also looking to convert their deck into a screened porch which they could enjoy and use for three out of the four seasons here in Michigan.
Our design goals included improving functionality and flow of the kitchen, rethinking the arched entryways, the placement of appliances, and brightening up the space. The conversion of the deck to a screened porch with internal bi-folding doors provides additional entertaining space being adjacent to the dining room while also being a space to relax in and take in the outdoors.
Additionally, the homeowners wanted to change the appearance of the staircase into one that was more in tune with their style for this home.
- Convert deck to screened porch
- Create a lighter and brighter kitchen
- Redirecting the functional workflow of the kitchen with additional countertop space for baking and decorating cakes
- Additional storage for cake baking and decorating supplies
- Update the laundry room with a new backsplash and countertops
- Change the look of the staircase with a new newel post and balusters
- Update the style and overall design with a fit more aligned with the family's taste
- Built in 2007
Our clients came to Meadowlark looking to refresh their home's existing kitchen and add a screened-in porch to the back of their home. Their original kitchen had dark-toned wood cabinetry with dark granite countertops favored in the 2000s. It was outdated and didn’t fit this couple’s design tastes. While a decent size, it lacked proper storage and had a built-in desk which was unnecessary in the kitchen and rarely used except for being the dumping ground for mail, kids' artwork, and miscellany brought into the home.
Working within the kitchen’s original footprint, Meadowlark’s creative solution involved minimizing the archway into the breakfast nook providing additional space along the back wall for appliances. Removing the adjacent arched entryway from the main hallway and creating an opening near the raised bar seating area, provides an ideal surface area for food prep and becomes a statement wall with open shelving and soft brass sconces.
Opposite, a striking hood matches the island color (Benjamin Moore's Ocean Floor 1630) above the 48” Wolf range top and is within easy reach of the paneled Sub-Zero fridge and opposite the island with two built-in and paneled dishwashers. Mont Surfaces Quartz in polished “Fantastico” not only tops the island and other countertops but runs straight up the backsplash making a remarkable statement.
Although Meadowlark didn't enlarge the layout, the kitchen feels much larger thanks to the extension of the cabinets to the ceiling and by removing the arched entryway from the main hallway. The incorporation of modern hardware, engineered Quartz countertops, and open shelving with overhead bronze sconces provides a classic and timeless look.
The kitchen features custom inset Crystal Cabinetry painted in Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray, all new appliances including Wolf double ovens and a built-in and paneled Sub-Zero refrigerator. It also incorporates an oversized under-mount farmhouse sink with two Bosch dishwashers and a microwave drawer.
Adjacent to the breakfast nook, to the right of the laundry room entrance, additional cabinetry was added replacing the once empty corner of the kitchen. It is now more useful to the family and provides balance to the room while being aesthetically pleasing.
The breakfast nook had banquette seating installed from custom Crystal Cabinetry drawers providing additional storage. Off of the breakfast nook, a former pantry closet was converted into Butler's Pantry with a coffee + bar space connecting to the living room improving the flow of the home. The bar side has a small prep sink which doubles as a beverage chiller when entertaining. The opposite side features space for their coffee machine along with custom cabinetry.
The staircase was upgraded from the colonial style "swirl" to a more Craftsman looking newel post with simple balusters.
This family now has a perfectly remodeled kitchen that welcomes family gatherings and dinner parties with friends. It’s truly a kitchen built for a busy family that loves to gather, bake, and cook. The screened porch with the bi-folding doors offers extended living space that’s perfect for entertaining as well as for every day.