Originally, this homeowner had dreams of an island. Our designer created a layout that included an island, however, both agreed the space would be too tight and clumsy for a kitchen to fit this homeowner's lifestyle. Because of this, our designer prepared a second layout that she felt would meet the functional needs of the client better. It included increased storage and countertop space, as well as an improved peninsula that felt cohesive with the rest of the space. The new addition also created space for an under-counter microwave, as well as an above the range ventilation hood.
Before: While the kitchen looked into the dining room, cabinetry was limited to only two walls of the kitchen. A dining room table crowded the space, but was necessary since the peninsula wasn't sitting height and their was limited countertop space. The flooring was hardwood, the countertops were a brown granite, and the cabinets were a light tan.
After: A shorter, but thicker peninsula is built, with countertops continuing from the new half wall of cabinets. White cabinets are installed, accompanied by white quartz countertops with classic veining. The soffits are replaced with decorative molding. The backsplash is now a subtle subway tile. a ventilation hood replaced the microwave hood.
Before: A ledge severed the space between the dining room and kitchen. The different spaces were also separated by carpet in the dining room and hardwood in the kitchen. With no potential seating at the ledge, a dining room table took up space in the kitchen. There was limited lighting in the kitchen.
After: A new peninsula is created with a lip large enough for seating if desired. The microwave is relocated to the under cabinets of the peninsula. Two pendants are added above the peninsula. The flooring is replaced with Luxury Vinyl Tile throughout to create a cohesive space that feels large and open.