The Olympic Manor neighborhood of Seattle is full of “really Cabinets Made to Order cool houses built in the 1950s,” architect Sara Imhoff says. So when the time came for these homeowners to update their dark ’90s-era kitchen, they wanted to return the space to its original floor plan to help bring in more light and honor the home’s midcentury character. Additional touches, such as colored cabinets, a new breakfast nook and a chalkboard wall, add energy and flair to the revitalized family hub. "Photos by Aaron Leitz
BEFORE: The kitchen was remodeled in the 1990s, when “gray-green was a Cabinets Made to Order popular color palette,” Imhoff says. The cabinets were dark wood and the countertops were black granite. “So everything was dark. The large island cut the room in half. And while the kitchen was large, it didn’t function very well. It lacked cooking efficiency, storage and light.”AFTER: Imhoff removed the wall separating the kitchen and dining area to return the space to its original floor plan. The removed wall stood where the Cabinets Made to Order white ceiling meets the wood ceiling. Imhoff designed a small reveal between the white and wood to make it look finished. She added two sets of 12-foot sliding-glass doors that open onto a new deck with a glass railing that doesn’t impede the view from inside. The oak floor was existing.The white walls add to the airy, open feeling of the renovated kitchen. Imhoff kept the new cabinets and island low to allow light Cabinets Made to Order into the room. The stove and range hood are leftovers from the previous kitchen. Imhoff used Bruck track lighting to avoid punching a lot of holes in the slanted ceiling.A fireplace used to occupy the breakfast nook. Imhoff removed it, created the nook and added another window over the counter. The Powell pendant lamp above the table was selected with an orange interior to honor the client’s grandmother’s orange kitchen.
“The colors of the cabinets lend themselves to a midcentury aesthetic,” Imhoff says. White Cabinets Made to Order Caesarstone was used for the countertops. The cabinets are a Euro-ply maple. “The clients liked the look of the flush cabinet drawers and having the frames exposed,” Imhoff says.A blackboard wall helps the family stay on schedule and express its creative side, giving Cabinets Made to Order even more vitality to the new kitchen."