Client Project: Transforming an 80's Kitchen
I'm a little out of my element with this project update...I'm used to posting dramatic "before's & after's," but I really want to show you what we have going on with this project that happens to be at the "halfway point."
The client is a childhood friend who grew up on the street behind me. Her and her husband reached out to me a couple of months ago as they had recently purchased a house that needed a lot of work. The house happens to be in the same neighborhood we grew up in. I sepcifically remember this house as the family who lived there at the time had a son that was our age, and on July 4th weekend in the late 1980's, the house caught fire and burned to the ground. The house was immediatly rebuilt by the same family, who lived there for a short time after.
The most recent owner lived in the home for 25 years. He also smoked inside of the home for 25 years, which means we've had to do some major purging of floors and heavy painting with an odor eliminating paint. We also completly gutted the kitchen, and redesigned it to be more functional.
Here is a photo of the kitchen when the house was on the market:
What's interesting about this layout is that the wall of windows on the right side of the photo lends a view to the gorgeous back yard containing a huge patio which leads to a beautiful pool. But the patio was unnecissarily large, which had us feeling the need to push that wall out towards the patio and build in french doors to gain square footage and to allow access to the backyard from the kitchen.
The location of the appliances was also disfunctional, so we redesigned that as well. Here is a most recent photo of the space with the relocated wall, new french doors, hardwood floors, spacious island, a wall of new cabinetry, repositioned appliances and additional canned lights.
Here is another before photo of the kitchen:
And here is a most recent shot from the same angle where you can really see where and why we pushed that wall out.
Part of our goal is to lighten and brighten. Our client's desire is a bright, clean, functional kitchen. Here is a sneak peek of their counter top slabs:
And here is their awesome backsplash! We presented them with 4 options and they completely took us by surprise when they selected this one, but we are REALLY happy that they did!
We have about another month of construction before this project is complete, so we will definitely keep you updated on the finished product!
I also want to give a big shout out to Dana, the newest member of our design team, as she is the lead Designer on this project and is doing a fantastic job keeping everything on schedule!