Family Seeks Spacious Open Concept Upgrade!
Our client’s kitchen was a blast from the 80’s with wood & melamine cabinets and fire engine red accents! The overall kitchen design was crowded with lots of nooks and way too many drawers (yes there is such a thing!). The layout of the home didn’t flow very well and some of the main issues they were having was that they didn’t have a proper office space or large enough main living area for everyone to gather. The goal going into this renovation was to create an open concept design that would work for this family for many years to come!
PROJECT AT A GLANCE:
Location: Burlington, MA
Type of Home: Split-Entry Built In 1965
Square Footage: 2,716 Square Feet
BEFORE: The kitchen itself was not in bad shape, but it was very outdated for our client’s taste, and the number of drawers was overwhelming! Our clients wanted a cabinet layout that would make their day to day life easier! A lot of the storage in their kitchen was not functional and it made the space feel very cramped.
Our clients had this gorgeous red stove and wanted to incorporate it into their new design. We knew that red was not going to make the cut for their new look, so they came up with a cost effective solution instead of buying a whole new stove! Stay tuned! 🤫
All the drawers didn’t make sense and the table being attached to the wall made some of them nearly impossible to access. These two walls were making the space feel even smaller which meant they had to go so we could create their dream open concept floor plan!
AFTER: Demoing those two walls made a world of difference! I was finally able to see how much space we had to work with.
I wanted to keep the windows in the same location over the sink because it brought in such beautiful natural light. By re-arranging the appliances, their kitchen flowed much better and we were able to add an island with seating! Adding a color to the island was a subtle way to add some contrast without competing with the rest of the sleek design.
One of my favorite details from this kitchen is the light box design and the stunning gold lantern pendants!
BEFORE: Remember the red stove with the crazy red and white tile backsplash?!
AFTER: The owners gave this stove an upgrade that worked with the rest of the appliances by ordering new stainless-steel doors. I also wanted to create a custom hood that would work seamlessly with the rest of the kitchen design while still framing the accent tile to make this focal point shine!
I am absolutely obsessed with this arabesque backsplash tile! It’s the perfect balance of pattern and texture while still remaining bold and modern looking!
POINT OF VIEW BEFORE:
POINT OF VIEW AFTER: You can really see how small the original kitchen was before we were able to remove that wall and open up the space!
I paired the arabesque tile with a gray wavy subway tile and then we used white grout to really make the tiles stand out!
A peek into their new living room and office space! Open concept, CHECK! 📋
In order to make this open concept work, it required us to find a neutral paint color that would work with the scheme of colors we had added into the space. Edgecomb Gray HC-173, by Benjamin Moore, was the perfect paint color because of its warm undertones and its slight contrast against the cabinet colors and fireplace! If you want to see more neutral paint colors by Benjamin Moore, check out some of our favorites here!
Our clients used a typical desk as their office space before but it was shoved up against a wall in the only empty place they could find. With everything going on currently in the world, working from home was vital and they quickly outgrew their desk.
Moving forward, they wanted a space for their office that made sense with pleanty of storage and that also had plenty of room for them both to work. Since I knew this space was going to be close to the kitchen, I thought it would be fun to make the cabinet colors gray, to match the island, and some reclaimed wood floating shelves! Also, adding a small table would be ideal to double as workspace or a quiet breakfast spot.
P.S. their cat is gorgeous!
Like seriously, what a gorgeous cat!
Reclaimed wood shelves add warmth to any space – plus you can put cute office decor on them!
I love how the mantel and fireplace surround stand out against the beige walls. The stone surround was the perfect balance of darker and lighter gray tones which match the accents from the kitchen beautifully!
This stone is so pretty!
Want to see a video house tour of this finished project? Check it out BELOW!
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