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MODERN CLEAN AND GREEN
When many homeowners are confronted with the realization that their current home doesn’t quite fit the evolving needs of their family, a common question is sure to follow soon thereafter: “Should we move to another existing home, build a new home from scratch, or renovate our existing home?” Our client for this project was certainly no different.
With an expanding family and a genuine desire for a more contemporary aesthetic appeal and organization free from clutter, our client sought to improve their life at home. No matter which route they pursued – move, build, or renovate – they knew that it had to be ‘green’. Due to the recent decline in the housing market, they felt that the only real option left was to renovate their existing home. As a result, they commissioned us to design and remodel their kitchen in the greenest possible fashion their budget could afford. Since this room is the core of their home both socially and spatially, they felt that reinvigorating the kitchen would help create a more updated, more organized, and ultimately more enjoyable home environment for their family. The project consisted of three primary challenges.
ONE – The first challenge was to design a plan that increased the connectivity and openness between adjacent rooms while still enhancing the overall functionality of the kitchen. To help open up the home, we expanded the opening to the family room and nearly doubled the width of the entry to the dining room. Then, in an effort to minimize congestion, one of the most important programmatic components was to relocate the existing laundry area from the kitchen to a newly constructed mud room located in a formerly vacant garage bay. Also, by utilizing the existing dining room and incorporating a new eat-in counter area, the kitchen was able to be expanded into the old breakfast nook. Another unique request of the client was to include an area – distinct, yet still integrated – for their family computer, where they could centrally access the internet and all of their data and media files.
TWO – The next challenge was to meet the environmentally conscious desires of the client by focusing on a greener approach to the renovation, such as the following:
THREE – The last and perhaps most commanding challenge was to bring the entire project together by pleasing the client’s visual appetite and by delivering a kitchen that boasted a soft modern appeal. The custom birch cabinetry, with its clean lines and gently curved hardware, plays a critical role in anchoring the overall composition of the room. A contemporary glass tile backsplash, lively cork floor, stainless steel accents (appliances, plumbing fixtures, hardware, lighting, trim, and wall plates), and colorfully painted walls that reflect the cheerful personality of the client complete this fresh, yet functional expansive space.