I received a call from a referral in Chappaqua who was interested in speaking with me to see if I could help her with updating her kitchen from the 80″s and make everything more efficient for her family. My client had a great sense of what she wanted but was happy to hear what I had to share and open to my suggestions. What I liked about working with her was we reached a clarity of what was expected and what I could offer. We found our collaboration was easy and flowed from one detail to the next. This was not a small project. We were renovating the kitchen, laundry area, putting in a walk in pantry and a new mudroom. We also included a computer/play room for her children and needed to rearrange the footprint of the space.
As you can see from the before photos, the kitchen area was very dated, and although it was somewhat open, it did not take in the beautiful surrounding grounds. There were no windows in the kitchen and one of my goals was to open some of the wall to bring in more of the view.The ceiling was vaulted and I wanted to take advantage of that height.
We added more lighting and moved the pendants over the enlarged Island. A new wood floor was planned in a darker hue with cream cabinets and white quantize countertop. The style of the kitchen is Transitional, with a touch of a more modern influence in lighting, lucite seating and hardware, which gives it an interesting vibe.
The custom cabinetry is shaker with a bead,to soften the look, with a large mantle range hood that is proportional with the 60″ Wolf Range and vaulted ceiling. Organization was of the upmost importance. Every drawer had a purpose. These included dish drawers, pot and pan drawers, spice and cutlery drawers with plenty of pullouts. On one wall I designed a tall cabinet with doors that folded in so there was room for the coffee maker and toaster oven for breakfast and two pull out refrigerator drawers for the kids snacks.
As for the pantry, I designed a custom door that looks like a tall cabinet but opens into a walk in pantry. Everybody loves a hidden room and, in addition to open shelving, there is cabinetry for things that need to be out of sight!