MID-CENTURY ECLECTIC - KITCHEN REMODEL
Earlier this week I introduced Project Fine Collect with a post showcasing the clients’ beautiful art and furniture collection. If you missed it, or just want to review, go here. It’s totally worth a second look! And while you’re at it, notice in the photos the beautiful natural lighting casting it’s illumination and warmth throughout the space.
Though I’m not certain by the looks of it, I would guess that the large windows with all the natural light, and backyard views is what sold the clients on the home when they purchased it several years ago. It is truly gorgeous! Even so, the kitchen has been a longtime, sore subject for them. It doesn’t at all reflective their style, and as things go it has lost the appeal it once had in 2000 when it was originally built. Take a look...
EXISTING FLOOR PLAN
Even though the kitchen is spacious, you can see from the photos and floor plan that it looks tired and dated. It’s without focal points, balance and lacks features that are commonly used in today’s kitchens.
CONCEPT PHOTOS & INSPIRATION
Armed with beautiful concept and inspiration photos and a wish list from my client, I set to work creating new floor plan options for the new kitchen design. Here’s a few concept photos that were the inspiration behind the project.
*Although I've included sources, I wasn’t able to find where the images originated from. If you recognize the work, please leave a comment so I can give credit.
The first inspiration image is from the project itself. The two pieces of artwork grace a wall in the breakfast nook.
CONCEPT PHOTO - SOURCE
PRELIMINARY KITCHEN CONCEPT BOARD
Here’s the preliminary concept board that was included with my design presentation of the floor plan options for the project.
I always include design boards in the first stage of the design process so I can make sure that I understand the client’s aesthetics and vision for the space.
The concept boards also inspire creativity and improve visualization for the project. They are a quick way for a client to start to visualize the feel and vibe of their new spaces in a more specific way. They energize creativity and excitement for the project.
COLORS + MATERIAL DESIGN BOARD
THE TAKE AWAY
When planning a kitchen renovation think twice about keeping the orginal footprint and just replacing the existing cabinets. This is your chance to improve upon, modernize, and update beyond just cabinets and counters.
Don’t rely on a builder or cabinet maker to design your kitchen. Their skill and expertise is to build and craft quality homes and cabinets. Be sure to include in your budget design fees for a skilled designer who’s expertise is architectural space planning! They will be invaluable to the project.
Never, never, design space in a vacuum unless it's a complete, whole house renovation. The existing architecture, door styles and trims must be considered. Otherwise there will be what I call spatial islands that have no connection to the rest of the house.
Check back soon to see the design plans for this project. The options that I came up with might just surprise you!