Outdated Kitchen-1980’s Kitchen Update
Our primary goal was to bring this 1980’s kitchen and living area to the current decade. To give you an example of what we mean, here are some pictures before we got started.
The 1980’s Kitchen & Living Space
As you can imagine, our client had some specific requests. Below is a listing of the dilemmas in this 1980’s kitchen update that needed to be fixed, and the solutions that we were able to provide for these homeowners.
1. The central gathering area was closed off from the dining room and living room – we removed the walls, soffits and visual barriers, and created an open, contemporary, beautiful, linear kitchen with an island.
2. The dining area connected to the living room, creating an awkward L shaped layout, and peninsula cabinets hung from the ceiling, blocking any view or natural light from the adjoining sunroom – the new design of the cabinets and countertops eliminated the L shaped peninsula, which allowed the natural light to flow into the kitchen. By creating a direct connection between the kitchen and the sun room, we were able to create a usable, open – no longer cramped – space.
3. The kitchen sink looked directly at the wall. There were no windows, no view – the sink was placed in the center of the island which allowed the ability to socialize with guests or look out any of the surrounding windows.
4. The front foyer was not functional for the owners and included a chaotic closet in the entry – by removing the closet and two walls in the entryway, we were able to reclaim valuable space, re-purposed with organized cubbies for each member of the family. The kids were ecstatic!
Step 1 – Removing the Wall
In order to open up the closed off kitchen, we removed the wall.
In these images, you can see what the area looked like before we removed the wall, and after the wall was removed. Below is an explanation for the third image. The lower level ceiling was originally done in either thin coat plaster or knotty pine, and therefore, moving plumbing from below was not an option. Everything had to be done from above. We opened up the floor system and ran plumbing, heating, gas and electric through the floor joists.
Step 2 – Eliminating the L Shape
By creating a direct connection between the kitchen, dining room, living room and sun room, we were able to create a usable, open and no longer cramped space. This update allowed a view of the pre-existing sunroom, and plenty of natural light.
Step 3 – A Sink with a View
The sink no longer faces a wall. We placed the new sink in the center of a beautiful island which now allows interaction with guests, as well as the ability to look out any of the many surrounding windows.
Step 4 – A Functional Foyer
In the foyer, we removed a crowded, yet still under-utilized closet, and replaced it with these beautiful cubbies. This adds an attractive storage solution which eliminates the clutter. The foyer is now, no longer a chaotic space, but welcoming for both visitors, and the kids who are thrilled about their personalized cubbies.
Some Quality Finishing Touches
New flooring is now completed in the foyer, up the stairs, and through the entire living room and kitchen area as well as down the hallways to the bedrooms. A fireplace has been installed in the living area, creating a cozy atmosphere for the family to gather.
All together, the details of these updates have significantly increased the value of the home for this family, ultimately, giving them a kitchen that they love.
In our homeowner’s own words…
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