SMITH Kitchen

Prospect Heights, Illinois
Interior Design
Builder
  • Construction People Corp.
Photographer
  • Black Olive Photographic
Location
  • Prospect Heights, Illinois
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2016
  • Square Feet
  • 1000
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • This project was carved out of a 1979 ranch with a fairly open floor plan. However, the kitchen was long & compressed with a closed off formal dining room. The clients wanted a professional, high functioning kitchen with an abundance of space, storage, & light. They also missed the soaring height & feeling of their loft from 10 years prior. The initial goal was to open & combine three spaces; kitchen, dining, and eating area.
    Two main walls were demo’d and all door jambs, partitions, etc. were opened. Four triple lvl beams were inserted in the floor & bordering ceiling. A full span vaulted ceiling was raised, subtly connecting the spaces. Ridge beam and top plate straps were also installed to counter compression and thrust. The new cathedral ceiling wraps over & down the east wall. This was in an effort to have the space communicate horizontally & vertically. Skylights, windows, and a patio door puncture this skin allowing direct morning light & ambient afternoon/evening lighting. Material features include strand-woven bamboo flooring, gun metal blue cabinets, river white granite, grey oak ceiling/wall planks, and translucent eco-resin partitions & doors. The final space feels like a back-lit geode; interior architecture cut out of the ranch volume.

    Prospect Heights, IL Completed 2015 1000 square feet
    Architect & Design/Builder: DII Architecture www.designinsightinc.com

    GC: Construction People Corp.

    Drafters/Renderers: Workus Studio, LLC

    Photographer: Black Olive Photographic

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    Full gut remodel of kitchen, dining, living room, & bathroom by DII Architeture.   The  ranch volume is carved out, creating a generous space.  Note the grey oak planks on the ceiling & stand-woven bamboo flooring.
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    Full gut remodel of kitchen, dining, living room, & bathroom by DII Architeture. The ranch volume is carved out, creating a generous space. Note the grey oak planks on the ceiling & stand-woven bamboo flooring.
    Photos by: Black Olive Photographic

    A look back to the more functional side of the kitchen.  The skylights puncture the ceiling & cast natural light through-out the day.  Eco-resin partitions & doors add a special secondary element.
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    A look back to the more functional side of the kitchen. The skylights puncture the ceiling & cast natural light through-out the day. Eco-resin partitions & doors add a special secondary element.
    Photos by: Black Olive Photographic

    Floor plan showing the extent of the remodel/program & corresponding camera shots w/ numbers. Photo 3 of SMITH Kitchen modern home

    Floor plan showing the extent of the remodel/program & corresponding camera shots w/ numbers.

    Here is an exploded diagram highlighting key features of the project. Photo 4 of SMITH Kitchen modern home

    Here is an exploded diagram highlighting key features of the project.

    The waterfall counter creates a space for guests/stools.  The River White granite also continues up as a full slab backsplash behind the induction cooktop.

Photos by:  Black Olive Photographic Photo 5 of SMITH Kitchen modern home

    The waterfall counter creates a space for guests/stools. The River White granite also continues up as a full slab backsplash behind the induction cooktop.

    Photos by: Black Olive Photographic

    Window & skylight become the same.  Similarly, the grey oak cascades down from the ceiling to the upper cabinets & east wall.    
Photos by:  Black Olive Photographic Photo 6 of SMITH Kitchen modern home

    Window & skylight become the same. Similarly, the grey oak cascades down from the ceiling to the upper cabinets & east wall.
    Photos by: Black Olive Photographic

    The under counter drawer microwave & glimmering pendants pop in this shot.
Photos by:  Black Olive Photographic Photo 7 of SMITH Kitchen modern home

    The under counter drawer microwave & glimmering pendants pop in this shot.
    Photos by: Black Olive Photographic

    Cabinets climb the new lofted space.  A large niche is carved out as a display area.    
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    Cabinets climb the new lofted space. A large niche is carved out as a display area.
    Photos by: Black Olive Photographic

    ET2 16" pendant light.
Photo by:  Black Olive Photographic Photo 9 of SMITH Kitchen modern home

    ET2 16" pendant light.
    Photo by: Black Olive Photographic

    A look into the adjacent living room sitting area.  An efficient gas insert was added w/ a blower.  Photo by:  Black Olive Photographic Photo 10 of SMITH Kitchen modern home

    A look into the adjacent living room sitting area. An efficient gas insert was added w/ a blower. Photo by: Black Olive Photographic

    Here is an overall perspective of the doubled living room & foyer.  Photo by:  Black Olive Photographic Photo 11 of SMITH Kitchen modern home

    Here is an overall perspective of the doubled living room & foyer. Photo by: Black Olive Photographic

    A new wine bar w/ walnut butcher block & led strip lighting.  Photo by:  Black Olive Photographic Photo 12 of SMITH Kitchen modern home

    A new wine bar w/ walnut butcher block & led strip lighting. Photo by: Black Olive Photographic

    The powder room is at the core of the remodel.  It features marble mosaic, a custom mirror, & translucent onyx counter/sink.  Photo by:  Black Olive Photographic Photo 13 of SMITH Kitchen modern home

    The powder room is at the core of the remodel. It features marble mosaic, a custom mirror, & translucent onyx counter/sink. Photo by: Black Olive Photographic

    The strand-woven bamboo stretches up the wall & swings overhead; concealing lighting & an exhaust fan.  An eco-flush Toto toilet is also featured.  Photo by:  Black Olive Photographic Photo 14 of SMITH Kitchen modern home

    The strand-woven bamboo stretches up the wall & swings overhead; concealing lighting & an exhaust fan. An eco-flush Toto toilet is also featured. Photo by: Black Olive Photographic

    Here is a look at a before shot w/ a few demo holes:) Photo 15 of SMITH Kitchen modern home

    Here is a look at a before shot w/ a few demo holes:)

    Another before image w/ the vintage 90's oak;) Photo 16 of SMITH Kitchen modern home

    Another before image w/ the vintage 90's oak;)