KITCHEN DESIGN WITH A MIX OF HOSPITALITY
Project Prime House remodel & addition is definitely one for the records! In an earlier post this week I introduced PPH by sharing the back story, the original floor plan and the before photos. For this post I’m focusing on the plans for the kitchen design.
KITCHEN DESIGN PLANS
As you'll can see from the floor plan and photos the kitchen it is huge...but it also has a warm, and welcoming hospitality feel. To put it’s size in perspective, once completed it will have all the following:
2 large islands, both with seating
60” range with custom hood
Double ovens & microwave stack
2 burner cook top
Handful of feature cabinets
Even with the abundance of space there were some challenges with making sure that the design would provide a visually balanced space with high function. Here’s a few of the challenges that I needed to solve:
With all the windows and doorways in the space, it only allowed for one wall to fit the pantry, stacked ovens, refrigerator, range and hood
Changes in floor heights between the existing house and kitchen addition, and then again with the kitchen and new laundry room required the inclusion of steps
Windows were placed too low for backsplashes
New kitchen space lacked a strong spatial connection and adjacency to the proposed dining room space
With some manipulating and fine tuning I came up with a floor plan that solved each of the challenges. Take a look...
FINAL FLOOR PLAN
RANGE WALL - ELEVATION
RANGE WALL - SITE PHOTO
SHORT SINK WALL - ELEVATION
SHORT SINK WALL - SITE PHOTOS
LONG SINK WALL - ELEVATION
LONG SINK WALL - SITE PHOTOS
MEDIA WALL - ELEVATION
MEDIA WALL - SITE PHOTO
COLORS & MATERIALS
The client and I have been referring to the project aesthetically as being relaxed traditional. We've selected classic natural stone...Super White Quartzite for the counters and Carrara Marble for the backsplash, paired with walnut flooring (purchased previously) and mixed painted and stained custom cabinets.
Wall & cabinet lights, faucets, cabinet knobs and pulls will be polished nickel. We've planned for the inclusion of an over-sized beautiful branch inspired pendant to be hung centered above the two islands.
Traditional architectural details are in the works for the project but are being interpreted in a relaxed sort of way.
THE TAKE AWAY
Visual balance is essential for a space to look and feel well designed. It took some floor plan finessing on my part to make that happen in this project…I was ever so happy when I got the spatial puzzle to come together in a beautiful balanced way Given the over-all symmetry of the space it made it even more important that I nail centerlines between feature elements like sinks, range and islands.
Long, uninterrupted walls (at least one anyway) are essential to kitchen design so there's a place for tall appliances and pantry storage.
When steps are included in high task areas be sure to make sure that they don’t encroach within the main circulation so as to avoid trip hazards.
While planning a large kitchen, consider adding depth and interest by doing mixed cabinet finishes for a more eclectic, fresh look.
And lastly, what would a site visit be without a cute fur baby wandering through checking on the progress...
Or a pair of favorite riding boot ...
Thanks for following along! Come back to see more about Project Prime House...I have so much more to share.
Photo Credit: Jaylene Crosby