Kitchen Room Swap Yields Warm, Stylish Result

Denver, CO— Some clients need to see photos and change plans during their remodel, while others know exactly what they want from the word ‘Go.’ The latter was the case for Andy Smith, v.p. of sales and kitchen and bath designer at JM Kitchen & Bath, located here.

“Our clients based many of their ideas about the flow and style of their kitchen from a previous house,” Smith reports.

Part of a whole-house remodel, tailoring the kitchen to meet the clients’ specs involved tearing up the existing space to move it closer to the garage, a 16'2"x 12' space, and designing a formal dining room where the original kitchen once was.

Avid entertainers, one of the primary concerns for the clients was the design flow between rooms and within the kitchen itself.

“The layout needed to function well for larger parties with professional catering,” Smith says.

“The dining room is designed to be a formal, yet warm space, meant for entertaining. For everday meals, we created a breakfast nook,” he adds.

Central Station

The main challenges Smith faced included floors and ceilings of different heights and depths, existing plumbing that had to be worked around and, most importantly, updating the house – which was built in 1965 – structurally to fit everything the homeowners requested.

“It was imperative we use every inch of space wisely,” adds Smith.

The space plan centers around the island, which was created to be a highly functional, decorative storage center.

“The kitchen island is key to the design,” Smith continues. “Since it was not necessary to add seating, we were able to build storage for the clients’ collection of cookbooks, and incorporate a Blanco undermount prep sink with a Price Pfister Hanover faucet in satin nickel. The same model appears over the main sink.”

The island is also home to a Wolf steamer, which Smith notes was a direct request from the homeowners, as their diets include homegrown vegetables in quantity.

Other commercial-style appliances adorn the rest of the space. The Wolf 48" dual-fuel range sits under a matching 48" wall hood, also from Wolf.

A 36" Sub-Zero 650/S built-in refrigerator was selected for its compact design. A KitchenAid dishwasher and trash compactor in a stainless steel finish were installed on either side of the sink cabinet.

“The bumped-out sink cabinet adds character and gives a little more space to the rear for the pull-out faucet,” explains Smith.

To create even further space in the main kitchen, the microwave was built into the wall in the breakfast nook, to prevent cluttering of the perimeter countertops.

Elements of Style

“It is amazing how the design and the homeowner’s choice of hardware make the cabinetry look like furniture,” Smith says. This helps to achieve the “warm” look the homeowners desired.

Smith selected Dynasty by Omega Cabinetry in Painted White with a pewter glaze for the kitchen, while the dining room features the cabinetry in Glazed Cherry.

Omega custom valances were added to the toe kicks on the base cabinets, along with French legs to the island for “more of a furniture feel,” according to Smith. Three layers of crown molding join cabinet to ceiling, furthering the detailed look Smith identifies.

Beyond a cohesive style, “we aimed for high function,” says the designer.

In the corner cabinets, diagonal base lazy susans were installed. All drawers and roll-out trays are full extension, with soft-close features.

Maroon Cohiba granite was chosen for the kitchen countertops, with Red Dragon granite for the dining room. Shaw Brazilian cherry pre-finished flooring appears throughout the space.

Spacing out

A walk-in pantry separates the breakfast nook and the family room, which are both adjacent to the kitchen.

“Cabinetry storage was utilized to the fullest, with roll-out trays behind doors,” the designer concludes.

A lighting scheme includes a mix of can lights and a large pendant over the island, all of which are on separate circuits with dimmers. Task lighting includes built-in lights on the range hood and an over-the-sink light, also controlled by a dimmer switch.

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