This space has been so incredibly fun and rewarding. We took what felt like a Chicago studio kitchen where you could use the sink, fridge and range all at the same time and turned it to a true open concept with more than double the counter space. The ultimate goal was to create a more functional and purposeful space for our client to enjoy being home, entertaining with friends and family and maybe even do some cooking!
We started here
And ended here.
Knowing that we had her chimney stack running directly through the kitchen wall we decided to work with the elements instead of against them. We exposed the brick and built the island around the stack, leaving one side on the bottom exposed. Based on what we saw in her basement we could tell that the stack was built properly and looked good…and we were right!
To help prevent the kitchen from feeling too closed in again we opted for corner L-shaped floating shelves next to the sink.
We styled the shelves with everyday items and of course a few kitchen plants that even you won’t kill!
Keeping our goal for a truly functional and purposeful space we needed to ensure we had enough room for a kitchen island and had to create a true golden triangle! We kept the sink in the same spot while relocating both the refrigerator and range.
The island has about 4 feet of space on each side of the kitchen for more than enough room to have multiple cooks in the kitchen if needed.
We extended the kitchen into the dining room to gain more countertop space. And to reach the dining room’s optimal seating potential we built a custom banquet, wrapping 3 sides of the table.
The banquet was built on site and customized to the new table our client purchased. There is now enough seating for at least 7 on the bench alone, and even more when chairs are brought in. Talk about a party!