Kitchen Remodel Westford MA
Wow, what a project! This was my first reaction when my new client was walking me through her existing space, and telling me the size of the addition she was planning on doing. The initial project had two goals; a new larger family room and a new larger kitchen. Since the new family room would be additional space added onto the back of the home, we would have the opportunity to “take over” the old family for the new kitchen area. That new space was 528 sq. ft. (33’ x 16’). As the planning continued, the space grew as a 10’ bump out along the back of the home was added, in order to accommodate the hexagon shape new family room. This meant I would be designing the new kitchen in an 858 sq. ft (33’ x 26’) space!
Over the next 6 months, we discovered all the possibilities that could exist in a space this large! After many designs, we had decided the space would allow not only a fantastic kitchen and eating area, but also a new butler’s pantry, a larger walk-in pantry, and a new “causal reading corner” with two club chairs, an 8’ long window seat, and a fireplace! We started by “flipping” the main kitchen and table area which allowed two major benefits. The first was a complete wall of windows along the back of the home, and the second was a view of the new fireplace while working in the kitchen. Also, by placing a large section of the kitchen on an interior wall, we were able to include all the appliances the client desired including, 48” range top with huge decorative hood, 48” built-in refrigerator with matching panels, built-in microwave, 30” double ovens, 30” warming drawer, integrated trash compactor and dish washer, and a 32” flat screen TV!
This super-sized dream kitchen also allowed us to have many unique features totally unavailable in smaller spaces. The island is 12’ x 7’ with round prep sink, and serpentine raised bar with glass tile backsplash. There is a glass “hutch”, with arched and reeded pilasters, and bun feet for all the glasses and dishes. We also included a 5’ wide bumped out cooking area with decorative wood hood with carved corbels, glass mosaic tiles, pot filler, and four large drawers for pots and pans flanked by custom turned columns. We also designed a space for a special oval window to provide additional architectural interest to the interior and exterior of the home. We “softened” the size of the kitchen by using two different colors of cabinetry. The perimeter of the kitchen was done in a cherry wood with a rich stain, while the island and cooking bump out where painted a sage green with an umber glaze. The resulting kitchen is absolutely spectacular.
The best compliment the client paid me was when she said that the new kitchen does not feel too big. It functions just as good for her family everyday as it does when they are throwing a party for 60 people!