Kitchen & Main Level Remodel

Structure: Split-Entry Townhome

Originally Built: 1978

Situation: This "empty-nester" townhome was quite out-dated both in terms of its layout and amenities. The Kitchen was separated from the living spaces by a partition wall, and the windows/doors were small and deteriorating. The second bedroom (or Study as the owners were using it) on the Main level was no longer necessary for their lifestyle. Window sizes were too small to make use of natural light, and being composed of wood exteriors, were impossibly high-maintenance. Cabinetry was in need of replacement and updating; as were the floors (currently carpet).

Objective: Create more natural light and comfortable, modern living.

Solution: The first step of the project was to remove the carpet, cabinets, wrought iron rails, and select partitions that were limiting the flow of natural light and open-living that most people desire today. We removed the partition that separated the ‘galley’ Kitchen from the living space; and the few partitions that enclosed the former 2nd Bedroom. The ceilings were entirely retextured and the floors received new subfloor in prep for wood flooring (rather than carpet). The new wood floors would be solid ¾” Lyptus, and would not only wrap around the split-entry, but also be applied to the stairs and landing for continuity. Stained dark, this floor would set apart from the white enameled custom Kitchen cabinets with their antiqued, hand-brushed brown glaze finish. A crown molding would be installed and finished to match the floors and trim for accent. Corian® was installed for the countertops. The railings and millwork were replaced with dark-stained maple which was also used in the Study desk cabinetry and Living room cabinetry. New windows were in stalled throughout, and enlarged in the case of the Living room. The patio door was also replaced due to severe rotting.

Outcome: The result is nothing short of spectacular. The space was completely opened up allowing for natural light to spill throughout from the new and enlarged windows and doors. The wood flooring anchors the space by tying all the rooms together; and with its dark color, provides a rich back drop for elegant hand glazed cabinetry. Not an inch was wasted in designing the custom cabinets; storage was a must in this tight setting. The dark stain on the maple railings and trim clean up the space, but do not overwhelm. They retain a subtle existence in the space, as do the maple Study and living room cabinets; where the dark stain anchors them and subdues their presence. The vent hood over the range, the grilles on the windows and the new interior doors are the finishing details.

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