A three-dimensional kitchen renovation completely transformed the main level of a 1960s split-entry home in Bellevue. The removal of two walls allowed the kitchen and dining area to expand into an under-utilized adjacent room and fully connect those spaces with the living room. The new vaulted ceiling over the kitchen and dining room captured unused attic space to add volume and bring in more natural light through two new skylights.
In the owner's words, “What began as a vintage 70's dark, dated, and cramped space was transformed into a light, airy, and comfortable great room with clean lines and ample natural light”.
Walnut fronts for the custom cabinets were chosen for their rich texture and visual depth, balanced by the light-colored quartz countertops and clean lines of the millwork and fixtures. The backsplash tile from Heath Ceramics provides a splash of color in the otherwise neutral palette.
A walnut butcher block bartop floating against a generous work island both divides and connects the kitchen with the living area in the new open plan. In competition for favorite gathering spot will be the hearth, where a custom steel panel chimney wrap and a new gas-powered fireplace insert can create coziness on-demand.
Throughout the main level, entry landing, and stair, new engineered hardwood flooring replaced worn carpet and linoleum. New trim, a fresh coat of paint, and an updated lighting package were also specified to unify the previously disconnected spaces and harmonize with the existing details of the home.
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The new steel chimney wrap radiates heat from the new gas-powered fireplace into the living room.
The kitchen expanded into an adjacent underutilized room to make room for an espresso station and a block of tall cabinets to hold appliances and pantry storage.
Previously divided by walls, the kitchen, dining and living spaces are now fully connected.
The island with a walnut butcher block bar top was designed to make it easy to socialize while preparing a meal for guests.
The owners love their new kitchen!
The kitchen and dining room expanded upward as well as outward. Sistering new rafters to the roof trusses allowed the bottom chord to be removed and the ceiling vaulted.
Removing the wall lets light from the clerestory windows reach the north facing kitchen and dining room. Two new skylights over the work island were also added.