Our client had a special needs daughter that sparked the renovation of their home. As their needs had changed, the home would need to change. We renovated their home - always with an eye to the ADA needs that too precedent in the design of the spaces. The kitchen was updated, and the house reconfigured to give them the space and storage they needed now and in the future.
What had once been a dark 1950's style kitchen, being shut off from the rest of the home, was opened up to allow for greater integration with the rest of the home, updated appliances and fixtures and a lighter, more airy workspace for this critical "hub" in the home. A lower shelf was designed for the island specifically with the needs of their daughter in mind - allowing her to become a part of the family no matter where in the house she was.
The new space - formerly divided by a wall between the kitchen and the family room - became a much needed focal point for the family.
Custom cabinets with specialized functions, granite countertops and solid granite backsplash, hot water dispenser at the sink and a much desired farm sink allowed this kitchen to answer the needs of this family. The double "doors" under the sink is actually a pull-out drawer made to look like doors for ease in retrieving items underneath the sink.
A tight work space for cooking and cleaning best suited this clients needs. It allowed them to contain "dangerous" areas in the kitchen on a daily basis.
A beverage center, display case and a custom dog bed (including pull-out food bowls for the dogs) made a previously unusual space a favorite of the families.
The former laundry room was opened up to the kitchen and allowed for a large pantry and laundry area. The washer and dryer were built into the cabinets with doors that recessed into the sides of the cabinets and allowed them to be hidden away when guests were over.
The corbels holding up the lower island shelf were selected to allow a wheel chair to pass underneath them to provide maximum flexibility for the homeowners.
The family room - previously including dark wainscot - was renovated to flow with this kitchen and brightened up with crown and paint.
The former living room became the new dining room, while the former dining room became a customized office for this family. A new doorway from the kitchen/family room to the dining room was added for a better flow for this family.
The office became the nerve center for this at-home family. A built in desk for one homeowner - inclusive of built in filing cabinets and sewing areas, a display wall for momentos and a customized "roll-top" desk - custom built to the owners needs - complete this new office.
Built in desk and filing cabinets. The door to the left of the desk housed a sewing station while the cabinets surround the desk held all the electronics needed in an office.
Custom built "roll top" desk - customized to the homeowners needs.
Detail of the customized "roll top" desk.