This family has four children and a busy lifestyle. “They needed New Kitchen Units their home to be soothing,” designer Leigha Heydt says. Their Shingle-style traditional home was built in the 1990s, and the finishes had become dated. Worse, the kitchen didn’t function efficiently for the large family. By replacing outdated decor with classic touches, calm grays and beautiful finishes, the designer made this open-plan kitchen an oasis of serenity for the family. The room also now has an easy flow with the New Kitchen Units adjacent casual dining space and family room, also redesigned as part of the project. "“After” photos by David Duncan Livingston
AFTER: The kitchen is wide open to the informal dining area and the family room, so the look of the three spaces needed to be cohesive. “We went for classic, timeless style because it fit their Shingle-style home and so it wouldn’t go out of style,” Heydt says. “The family has a very hectic schedule, so New Kitchen Units they really needed the space to feel calm.”
One of Heydt’s main objectives was to create a more open feeling in the kitchen without the heavy cabinets that had previously surrounded the window. The new open shelves help keep the kitchen feeling lighter and not so closed-in. Heydt took the opportunity to extend the countertops’ Calacatta d’Oro marble New Kitchen Units upward with 3-by-12-inch tiles. “It was a great opportunity to add more texture,” she says.
A large farmhouse sink takes advantage of the large window. The placement of this existing window dictated a lot of the layout. The refrigerator and range remained in the same places but were replaced. “The homeowners had recently gone through a kitchen renovation at their former home and had a great idea of what they liked and what they wanted to do differently this time,” Heydt says. “They had a strong sense of what they valued, which made them very easy to work with.” For instance, they had fallen in love with the New Kitchen Units Sub-Zero refrigerator after that renovation and purchased the same one for this house.
Here you can see the placement of the pantry to the right of the range, which is not seen in the photographs. “We moved the microwave into the pantry because the family doesn’t use it much and we wanted to keep it out of sight,” Heydt says. “I seem to be doing a lot of this lately — there seems to New Kitchen Units be a move away from built-in microwaves.” The wine refrigerator is also in the pantry.
The frosted glass door leads to a new office, part of the scope of this project. This room was formerly a laundry room, which was moved upstairs. Heydt added the new door and the transom to help share the light and contribute to the open feeling.
Now the homeowner has plenty of counter space around the range, a major improvement in the room’s functionality. The elegant marble tile backsplash extends up the wall to the vent hood.
BEFORE: Prior to the remodel, the rooms were simply not relaxing and had New Kitchen Units an unfinished and dated look. The built-in cabinetry around the hearth and the bench at right clunked up the space, and the raised hearth was awkward. The placement of the dining table against the wall left a large wasted space between the kitchen and the family room.Heydt Designs6AFTER: Heydt redesigned the fireplace surround with beautiful honed Bardiglio marble, giving it a cleaner look. After removing the built-in cabinet underneath the window to the right of the fireplace, she extended a new window lower to match those along the New Kitchen Units adjacent wall. These kinds of architectural moves help the room feel more cohesive.
Heydt’s colleague Benjamin Dhong chose the furniture and reupholstered the homeowners’ existing comfortable sofa, ottoman and armchairs to fit in with the new color palette. The flow is much easier without the built-in bench on the right. A large wood-framed mirror reflects the light from New Kitchen Units the windows while adding a rustic touch."