Claustrophobic Kitchen – Littleton
Remodeling a Claustrophobic Kitchen into Wow!
While the home was only 5 years old and nearly 8000 square feet, the kitchen seemed to be designed to torture those suffering from claustrophobia. The kitchen’s small size was amplified by black island cabinetry, poor lighting, an oversized range and refrigerator and a hood that you actually hit your head on while cooking.
With nowhere to expand to (except for removing a walk in pantry that consumed nearly 20% of the kitchens total footprint) we needed to find ways to make the kitchen “feel” larger than it really was. After the pantry was removed, we cut back a couple of the hallway-type walls that “entombed” the ends of the countertops and added more lighting than we’ve ever put into a kitchen.
Next we removed the oversized 48” range and replaced it with a 36” gas cooktop and a 15” induction module (increasing the actual cooking surface size in a smaller footprint). The 48” refrigerator was replaced by a 36”, which was relocated from directly behind where you would stand to cook. By installing a set of refrigerator drawers, we more than made-up for the loss of refrigerator space. The double ovens, convection microwave (there was no microwave in the original kitchen) and warming drawer replaced just two ovens in the range – a big net gain.
The kitchen’s flow was enhanced by moving the peninsula to a better location, creating not only a better traffic pattern, but also a breakfast bar with space to seat four.
Storage space was increased and optimized by taking the wall cabinets to the ceiling and installing every organizational toy we could find including drawer organizers for dishes, pots & pans, utensils, cutlery and silverware. Other organizational items included a blind corner service and a pullout trash bin.
Cynthia Godoy of CK Interior Design stepped in to help with some of our last minute design decisions. She took the customers shopping for backsplash material and they came back with a backsplash material that is just… incredibly cool. She then designed the window frame, stool and apron and that’s how that came about. Big thanks to Cynthia for her help with the splash, lighting, pulls, paint, stain and confidence building.
The final result is a kitchen with enhanced size, amenities, and flow. Those suffering from claustrophobia can enter and cook at will.
Design Goals for this Project:
- Without moving structural walls, increase the “feeling” of size in a small-built kitchen without losing storage capabilities.
- Remove a large and hindering walk-in pantry taking up 20% of the existing kitchen’s space.
- Improve the traffic flow between rooms by relocating an obstructive peninsula.
- Decrease appliance size without decreasing appliance functional space or use.
Project Features and Highlights:
- Design by: Da Vinci Remodeling
- Custom Alder Cabinetry by: Da Vinci Remodeling
- Food Preservation by: Sub Zero
- Cooking Appliances by: Wolf
- Double Drawer Dishwasher by: Fisher and Paykel
- Range Hood by: Vent-A-Hood
- Sink by: Kohler Strive
- Faucet by: Hansgrohe (Talis C 2-Spray High Arch Kitchen Faucet)
- Granite: Typhoon Bordeaux
- Backsplash: Light Gold Herringbone
- Window Jamb, Stool, and Apron: Milan Mexican Noce (4 x 12) and Mexican Noce (12 x 12)