Space-Swapping L.I. Kitchen Gets Airy Update

E. Northport, NY— Creating a focal point for a remodeled kitchen can be a challenging proposition for any designer. In the case of this Long Island, NY remodel, a large window with a beautiful view provided the perfect backdrop for a dramatic kitchen relocation.

New York City-based designer Erica Petrowski worked closely with the homeowners to develop plans to switch the dining room, where the window was located, with the kitchen.

The old kitchen suffered from a lack of flow, inefficient use of space, limited counterspace and an outmoded style that the clients described as “very ’80s.” In particular, the clients hated their tile countertops, which were dated and difficult to clean. They wanted to replace them with something that would be beautiful, easy to clean and durable enough to withstand the “growing up years” of their two young children.

The first thing that needed to be addressed was the overall functionality of the kitchen.

“They needed more space to meet the needs of their family, and an updated look with an open layout in which to entertain. During the holidays, the kitchen becomes the focal point for family and friends,” Petrowski remarks.

“Though the kitchen was directly next to the dining room, a partial wall separated the two rooms, making them both feel smaller. It also interrupted the flow of the space itself,” she adds.

With two young daughters, the homeowners wanted the kitchen to include amenities that could accommodate the family’s busy schedules.

Total Teardown

The kitchen was just one step in a whole-house remodel, which included gutting and redesigning an adjacent powder room as well as a nearby closet.

To begin the swap of the kitchen and dining room, both spaces were stripped down to the studs. The partial wall between the two rooms was also removed.

The old linoleum floors in the kitchen were pulled up, as was the wood laminate in the dining room. Oak hardwood floors were installed in the new, open space.

“To extend the perceived space in the new kitchen, planning was done around the large bay window, which faces a lovely backyard. The window was lifted an inch to meet up with the countertop to create a seamless flow from counter to window,” says Petrowski.

“The client was very happy with the amount of workspace this solution made available to her,” adds Petrowski.

Material Changes

In the old kitchen, the countertops were tile, which the homeowners found hard to clean and, therefore, unsanitary. They also wanted a countertop that would make a powerful design statement.

Silestone by Cosentino Kalahari countertops offered the perfect solution. Silestone’s integrated Microban antimicrobial protection addressed the clients sanitary concerns, and the clients loved both the material’s stylish appearance and its ease of maintenance. Silestone Kalahari is featured both on the perimeter countertops and on the center island, offering enhanced work space, which the clients deemed critical.

A Whirlpool Velos Speedcook convection microwave was chosen so that the homeowners’ young daughters could use it; the digital presets let them choose the food they want to cook, then select the appropriate temperature, preventing accidents.

A Whirlpool Gold dishwasher is placed to the side of an Elkay Lustertone Stainless Steel double-bowl undermount kitchen sink, which is situated directly below the bay window. Rounding out the product selection is a Frigidaire Professional Series oven, positioned beneath the microwave.

“The client wanted stainless,” says Petrowski, noting that all of the new appliances are stainless. The cabinet hardware was selected to complement those metallic tones.

A Graff Vintage single-handle brushed nickel faucet with matching soap dispenser adds design and functional appeal, as does the Portfolio mini pendant light fixture with glass shades; the shades can be easily changed out to suit the season.

Cabinetry Component

In addition to a wealth of color and texture, including a tiled backsplash along the length of the range wall, the cabinets play a critical role in adding warmth to the design.

Joe Forte, designer and sales associate at Hauppauge, NY-based Kitchen Depot, guided the selection and installation process.

“The clients asked me to lay out the kitchen cabinetry to fit in the new area that was to become the kitchen. Her concerns were the range and the size of the sink she would need under the large window,” says the designer.

Alder cabinetry with a traditional square raised-panel door style called Heritage, in a mitre-cut frame, was chosen. A medium-to-dark cherry stain added warmth to the room.

Forte specified amenities such as a lazy susan corner cabinet, pull-out shelves in other base cabinetry and other pull-outs for pots and pans. The island features a three-drawer base that is 30" wide, as well as a double trash pull-out in a 15"-wide base cabinet.

“Drawers are rising in popularity,” and make this kitchen more functional, notes Forte.

“For the uses of a kitchen like this one, for family and entertaining, it’s the definition of convenience,” he concludes.

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