Cramped. Closed-in. Claustrophobic. Elbow-banging tiny. Those were a few of the words the owners of this Carmel home used to describe their kitchen when we met to begin planning their renovation. Built in the 80s, it was overdue for an update but our clients wanted much more than new cabinets, counters and a fresh coat of paint. They were looking for a larger, open kitchen that felt more connected to the rest of their home.
Design by Christopher Wright, CR
The original layout for the space included a wall between a small front office and the kitchen and a poorly functioning peninsula layout for the cabinetry. The wall was removed, and the opening between the dining room and kitchen was widened to create the open, comfortable space they were aching for. This allowed for a long island and elevated bar table with enough space left over for a small, efficient home office area. Space was also taken from the garage so a wall could be angled for better traffic flow around the island, where the flat screen TV is recessed. The refrigerator, wine nook, and pantry storage were located in a thin transition space to the kitchen, right off the laundry and garage entry.
The cabinetry in this Carmel kitchen remodeling project is KraftMaid cherry and the counters are granite, with an Oceanside multi-format glass mosaic backsplash tile. The renovation also included the installation of a clear maple hardwood floor throughout the main level of the home.