Welcome to Sarah’s Style File, I’m Sarah, Foster Remodeling Solutions Senior Design Consultant and each month I’m bringing to you a feature project to experience the remodeling process with us! For this month’s highlighted project I have chosen a kitchen bump-out project in Burke. Here, although we didn’t add square footage to the home, by stealing a few feet from the garage, we created a much better layout for the kitchen and eat-in area!
The main goals of this project were to gain space in the kitchen by expanding the room and moving the existing laundry closet into another location while updating all the finishes and creating more storage. Many clients think “Oh, it’s just a couple feet, it’s not going to make a huge difference”; however, in a kitchen or bathroom, even just a couple feet, can make a big impact on the space. If you think about it, kitchen cabinets are 24″ deep, so by adding that amount of space you can add an entire new row of cabinets, or in this case, create enough space for an island. While many existing kitchens have a classic “U-shaped” layout as this one did, islands have really become a more popular layout choice. A lot of it has to do with the fact that kitchens are so multi-functional now days, they are a place to cook, do homework, gather with friends and family and an island provides just that while dividing the functions of the space. Someone can be sitting doing paper work or prepping, while another person can be sautéing something up or doing dishes without interference. In this space, the wall we removed to achieve the island was a load bearing wall, so we needed to install a new beam which we up-set into ceiling space so that it was flush. We also removed the existing soffits and were able to install full 42″ high upper cabinets all the way around the kitchen space, adding to the storage. By relocating the laundry we were able to create a nice area for a walk-in pantry which was a big plus for the client. Recessed lights helped to brighten the space and add to open feeling of the room.
The clients wanted to go for an updated transitional style with warm earth tone neutrals and our color palate for space really achieved that look. The semi-custom cabinetry is an Alder wood with a Toasted Rye stain. For those of you not familiar with Alder, it is a wood from the Birch family so it’s a little lighter in density than a Maple, but it is very consistent in graining and color and less expensive than Cherry, all reasons why it has grown in popularity over the last few years. In a popular Shaker door style, these cabinets anchor the space with the warm tone and classic but modern style. As a noticeable contrast to the wood of the cabinetry, the flooring we chose was a pre-finished Tigerwood engineered floor. The graining has a lot of color variation that is quite dramatic and highlights the beauty of natural wood. Engineered floors are great in many applications because of their dimensional stability; the backing of the floor boards is typically 3 to 5 layers of hardwood stacked in a cross grain fashion and then heat set, so it is less likely to be affected by humidity. Pre-finished floors are also a good option for remodeling projects because they can be installed much faster than sand and stain in place hardwoods and clients don’t have to deal with dust, dry times of the staining, and fumes of the stain and top coat. The countertops we chose are White Spring granite which is light in overall tone, but also has some distinctive warm yellow and black veining. For the backsplash we installed a 4″ x 4″ tumbled Travertine tile with a 2″ x 2″ blue glass accent tile. Behind the range, we inset a section of the Travertine tiles on the diagonal and framed them in with a 1″ x 12″ pencil mold in the same Travertine stone. Oil Rubbed bronze knobs and pulls warms the space while the Stainless Steel sink and faucet tie in the Stainless appliances.
Thanks for joining me this month for Sarah’s Style File and I look forward to seeing you again in April!! As always, if you have questions about a project or you are thinking about remodeling, give me a call here at Foster Remodeling Solutions!
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