The charge designer Bobby Herr received from her client was, “the existing kitchen doesn’t function and it is UGLY – fix it.” With no room to move and the desire for a kitchen that was warm, contemporary and integrated, the client could hardly wait to get started on her renovation.
Bobby’s first course of action was to expand the kitchen. Existing windows were lowered to counter height, which made the space feel more open and allowed the exterior landscape to be a prevalent part of the kitchen. The range was positioned between the new windows and a stainless steel hood was designed as a counter balance to the arch window above the prep sink. The sink was recessed to delineate the prep and cooking stations, and a bank of tall cabinets and appliances were positioned on the adjacent wall in order to visually reduce the length of the room.
In response to the client’s desire to have “family and friends be part of the cooking experience,” an eight-foot island was included in the design. Offering maximum seating for guests, and housing two dishwashers, the island balances the long run of cabinets on the range wall, while providing a functional solution to both cleanup and entertaining.