– North Albany, OR –
This newly remodeled kitchen in North Albany features the latest in design trends. Before the remodel, the homeowners felt their kitchen was too confined, with an awkward layout, dated finishes, and dysfunctional appliances. They longed for a contemporary kitchen that would coordinate well with adjoining rooms for visual continuity. Their highest priority was to create a more functional, flexible plan better suited for entertaining groups of different sizes.
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We began by removing a wall between the dining room and kitchen to create a larger kitchen and more open floor plan. We relocated an exterior patio door to improve the flow of traffic, and installed a larger kitchen window to increase natural light, brightening and visually expanding the space. This complete reconfiguration of the layout allowed for a sizable new island, multiple work stations, and larger modern appliances. We also added extensive storage options, seating for guests to interact with the cooks, and distinctive finishes for a fresh yet cohesive design.
The creation of distinct work stations was important to accommodate multiple cooks. We also varied the heights of work surfaces to facilitate an array of tasks. For example, the new island has three levels: a lower level countertop of Calcutta marble for prepping, rolling, and mixing; a mid-level surface of the same height and material as the main perimeter countertops; and a slightly higher, custom-designed maple table that fits over the end of the island and allows for comfortable seating at bar stools.
Although the custom table required extra time and consideration, the challenge to design it was well worth it. It is a pivotal element in the space, and is both highly functional and aesthetic. Its inventive flexible design allows it to be moved to any side of the island. Moreover, by simply adding a leg, it easily converts into a free-standing table that can be positioned anywhere in the room. This flexibility maximizes its versatility. It can be arranged so guests can dine close to family members, or it can be relocated where food and drinks can be served off to the side and out of the way.
The table’s custom maple finish ties in well with the existing fireplace and bookshelf in the sitting room. New gray-stained wood panels were installed around the fireplace to further unify the two areas. A new stair banister, rail, and newel post were also designed and stained to match the fireplace surround as well as an existing tansu-style built-in cabinet below the stairs. The lighting design for the newly integrated space conceptually connects the dining room and the kitchen while providing strong visual interest and much-needed task lighting.
The overall look of the finished kitchen is sophisticated and inviting. The combination of light and dark materials creates vibrancy, while the neutral colors give a soothing feel. Contemporary appliances and fixtures demonstrate the owner’s love of cooking and baking, while the finish selections exemplify their charismatic style.
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