Olsen Residence_Phase 2

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Olsen Residence_Phase 2

With the completion of the basement renovation (see it here) we are moving into the next phase of the larger project.  Since the homeowners will be living in the house throughout the project they needed a place to cook and eat while the kitchen is demolished and rebuilt. 

olsen kitchen2

These are the renderings prepared during the design process. The left image is from the same point as the left “before” image above. As you can see we’ve opened up a large part of that wall, replacing the full depth upper cabinets with a row of lift-up glass door cabinets similar to those in the basement. The standalone range and microwave are replaced by built-in units and the upper cabinets are taken full height to make up the space lost by removing the wall behind the sink. The image to the right looks into the kitchen from the dining/living. The new opening is framed in the same cherry as the cabinets and surrounds an accent tile wall that uses a “limestone” tile similar in color to the existing stone fireplace. The island shape is changed to allow seating in the kitchen for more informal settings.

At the opposite side of the kitchen is a built-in refrigerator and “drink station” with a prep sink and wine storage above. A small addition was added, shown below to the right where the counter and small stools are, to allow the island to become larger and more usable and to add some more seating and a full height pantry. 

olsen kitchen1

The existing kitchen is fairly traditional with soffits above the oak cabinets, tile floors and back splash. It isn’t in bad shape but like many kitchens of that era it is almost completely cut off from the rest of the house and isn’t ideal for entertaining. The kitchen very quickly becomes the center of the action during a party, especially if the hosts are still cooking. The new design takes that and many other updates into account.

olsen before 

We made only very small changes to the kitchen “envelope”. These small moves will make a big difference in the functionality of the project and just go to show that a kitchen doesn’t have to be huge to be a great space.  We will post pictures as we get them but since this is an out of town project, we won’t have quite as many images to share.