This easygoing client had a pretty short wish list: the removal of a wall and to not use pure white cabinets. Above all, this client craved wide open spaces to entertain and to be able to connect with his family while in the kitchen. To achieve this, our team had to get creative. The wall separating the kitchen from the living room was a load bearing wall. The other wall lead into the dining room, which had turned into the client’s office.
Our team had a solution for both. Instead of removing the load bearing wall, we created a pass through cutout that allowed the kitchen to look into the family room. This had the same effect of opening up the space without having to reconfigure the supports for the house. Then we removed the dining room wall, and extended the kitchen cabinets, moved the fridge to that part of the kitchen, and had the countertops wrap around the corner so that it could turn into a bar. The owner’s desk was then consolidated to a corner of the room that then felt like another fixture of the space. To help the rooms have a seamless feel, we replaced all the floors with the same material.
As for the cabinets, we went to a two-toned look to give the room a little contrast. The rustic wood of the bottom paired nicely with the subtly cream colored cabinets installed above.
Elk Grove Village
Before: A wall separated the kitchen from the dining room. There was limited cabinet space, and a narrow pantry. There was no ventilation hood. The floors were ceramic tile.
After: The wall is torn down, allowing the cabinets to be expanded the length of the first floor. The pantry i removed, replaced with a wrap-around countertop and microwave. The oven range is relocated and partnered with a ventilation hood. The sink is relocated to allow the homeowner to look into the living room. The floor is now luxury vinyl tile.
Before: A wall divided the living room from the kitchen. Directly behind the wall rested the stove-top range. The flooring of the living room was carpet, which felt disjointed next to the tile of the kitchen.
After: A pass through is cut between the kitchen and living room. the stove and sink switched places to prevent cooking grease from flying into the living room. A small countertop lip is added, allowing for bar seating on the other side, while also increasing the depth of the countertop. The carpet is removed from the living room to match the luvury vinyl tile in the kitchen.
Wall & Tall Cabinetry: Kemper Maple in a Dover Finish
Base Cabinets: Kemper Maple in Grizzly
Surface: Carrara Mist Quartz
Backsplash: Excelsior Linen in a Brick Pattern
Flooring: Congoleum Triversa Vinyl Plank in Warm Gray