A classic 1950s home with a typically small, isolated & overall dysfunctional kitchen lacked form and function. The owners had lived with this kitchen for years and thereby had time to analyze & study their requirements for a more efficient use of space without increasing the overall size of their home or kitchen area.
The owners wanted to retain elements of the home's era by not removing or relocating windows: the second storey cantilevered beyond the kitchen's rear exterior wall - limiting natural light and openness of the space. Bringing natural light into the kitchen was a strong motivating factor.
The removal of the wall between kitchen and living room created the perfect path to draw natural light into these areas. They had previously had obstructed/ indirect lighting thereby creating an uninviting space. The new windows in the kitchen were full frame replacement to maximize the glazing surface. The subtle arch between living room and kitchen reflects elements at other passageways and ties the spaces together.
The classic style of the cabinetry coupled with the warm & bright colour scheme created a sense of greater space within the kitchen- without increasing the room size. The custom, shallow pantry and recessed refrigerator further enhanced the unimpeded floor space that had previously been so difficult to achieve.
The owners' uses of colour with flowers & accessories, changes with the seasons and is then reflected in their glass backsplash tiles - a fresh take on a beautiful kitchen throughout the year !
A mid-century home with this modern kitchen will serve this family and generations to come, with all the comforts & amenities their kitchen should bring them and more importantly, what they deserve ! Bon appetite !!