I’ve been working on this one street in my town for over a year now and it’s full of wonderful, young families in charming older homes. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’ve been working on one (#ProjectOakhurst) for a while and it’s almost done (**tears**). Well last fall I started working with another client directly across the street (#ProjectOakhurst2) who are doing a renovation and smaller addition to open up their floor plan, get a larger kitchen and deck as well as add a family room and mudroom to their Cape style home.
It’s been a whole lot of planning and waiting but we are FINALLY at the “pretty things are happening” stage so I thought I’d share a little background on the project, some before photos and progress shots!
Here’s the plan I came up with for the kitchen which is certainly the focus of the renovation (I’ll show you the “before” kitchen in a second and you’ll understand why!) The idea was to update but stay true to the traditional roots of the home. I wanted classic elements with a touch of warmth and just a little twist. We debated doing a butcher block top to the island paired with soapstone at the perimeter for a long time but ultimately decided that a soapstone/marble combination was more in line with the overall bright look we were after. Brass hardware and wood stools as well as a warmer stain to their oak floors are a nice counterpoint to the pearl white and dove gray cabinets. Rather than doing traditional pendants over the island, we decided to keep the sight lines across the kitchen nice and open and instead really highlight the windows over the sink with two brass star pendants. For the back splash, we played around with simple white tile to create a custom design based on a brick pattern pattern the client fell for. Again, traditional…but with a twist.
Before the space was very dark with minimal windows and the ones that did exist were small. As is often the case with cape houses of this period, the ceilings are lower, the floor plan very chopped up and overall just cramped, especially for a family of 4 with two young, energetic boys! So the goal with the kitchen was to make it as light and bright as possible. The ceiling height was not changing but we were adding an entire wall of windows to open up the space as much as possible, tons of storage and a new focal point island. We were also taking out the wall between the kitchen and dining room to create one large entertaining space. This was accomplished by building what is essentially an L shaped addition to the house, running along the back and side (the side becoming a new entry/mudroom).
Here’s where we started (I’m positive my client is 1000% mortified I’m sharing these photos, but look how far we’ve already come!!!). This is looking into the old kitchen from the dining room.
And this is the wall that separates the kitchen and dining room (dining room on the other side of range).
That’s it folks. That was the whole kitchen. #reallife
Cabinets went in last week and over the weekend hardware was installed and we picked wall paint and floor stain. Rejoice! Windows and light and happiness! Those brass star pendants will hang right here.
To the left of this run is the range and what we’re calling the “baking center”. The soapstone counters will continue under that gray bank of cabinets where her kitchen aid mixer will live.
Hello gorgeous island! I can’t wait until the counters come in this week.
How great does that brass hardware look? So beautiful.
They’ll be moving back into the house in less than 3 weeks so there will be a whole lot of fast progress happening as we wrap up! Can’t wait to share the finished space. I know it’s going to be really life changing for this great family.