MANITO KITCHEN REMODEL
Our clients purchased this as their “forever home” with the hope that the original 1960s décor and function of the kitchen could be updated and brought into the 21st Century. They wished to make the kitchen more user friendly for one or multiple cooks, easy to entertain for large family gatherings as well as stay in the mid-century modern style.
The client strongly disliked the original location of the wall oven and cook top, which were right in the flow of traffic. Along with an obtrusive peninsula creating a block between the kitchen and family room. We opted to bump the wall back 15” which allowed for more space in the kitchen and eliminated the awkward transition between the kitchen and family room. The “breakfast nook” area was wasted space and the wall between the larger dining area blocked so much daylight. We created a large cased opening allowing daylight from the dining windows, as well as creating a more open flow.
The existing mahogany beams in the family room were the inspiration to carry mahogany accents throughout the kitchen in the butcherblock island top and the floating corner shelves which tied in the mid-century charm. We also utilized a large format ceramic tile with a geometric pattern to compliment the aesthetic. The clients painted the existing fireplace a neutral grey color to accent the dark midnight & white cabinets. They also painted the back door the same dark midnight color as the island and wall cabinets. Quartz countertops on the perimeter with a Carrera marble look compliment the neutral tones and provide a functional work surface. Gold hardware, faucet and lighting fixtures in the family room and dining room brought another element of warmth to the space. The clients wanted some fun/funky accents, so the teal barn door was used to replacing the slab birch door separating the laundry room.
Project Designer: Crafted Kitchen Design
Project Photographer: John Holen