|Cottage Kitchen - In Progress|
Carpeting and narrow strip maple flooring (installed on a diagonal) would be the first to go. Next up; new wide plank pine flooring, fresh wall paint, all new light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, hardware, countertops and appliances would complete the to do list. But before we concentrated on all the new finishes and fittings for the kitchen, I recommended we rethink the layout. The cabinetry was solid wood, great quality and in excellent condition but I saw a lot of potential for improvement and was convinced I could rework the layout using the existing cabinets but make it more functional for cooking and gathering.
|Before - Kitchen Plan View|
This cottage has no shortage of angles, while I do love the slopes of its dramatic cathedral and vaulted ceilings I wasn't crazy for the multi-angled kitchen island so this became my first target. The island consisted of a cooktop, a prep sink, 3 different counter heights and despite its size, had seating for only 3, maybe 4. There's nothing I dislike more in a kitchen than a cooktop in an island, especially where there's seating so my first goal was to find a new place for the range. As you can see on the plan above, there wasn't a lot of wall space to work with.
A pro style 6 burner range will be perfect for large family gatherings. The entire cooking area gets a new full height stainless steel backsplash. New satin nickel cup pulls on the drawers complete the old cabinetry facelift. New white and grey 'marble' quartz counter tops will wrap up to the underside of the window sill.
Before photos of the island, front view and back view. A sea of wood.
|The proposed new re-design of the island.|
Initially the plans called for a second dishwasher in the island but later the homeowners opted to add a microwave here instead. Amore recent change was the deletion of the raised countertop behind the sink, the island counter will now be all one level.
All photos and drawings by: Carol Reed Interior Design Inc.