The Isolated Kitchen Challenge


You might be thinking this challenge sounds like a no-brainer, but the interior workings of a house are sometimes more complicated than one might imagine.  When dealing with remodels, we rely heavily upon the builder to ensure that our designs fall within the scope of the project, both in terms of budget and feasibility.  Sometimes it’s very easy to see a clear picture as to what should be done, but that doesn’t always translate to what CAN be done.  A builder once told me: “anything is possible—for a cost”.  And that statement rings true for this particular remodel.  This project was quite challenging, as the primary support for the second floor ran smack dab in the middle of the main kitchen wall, and to make matters more complicated, there was an HVAC chase directly above as well.  As the plan started unfolding, we quickly realized that there were some major challenges upon us in order to make this closed off space into an open concept kitchen/living room.

After weeks of back and forth with the builder and the structural engineer, we were able to make this clients dream a reality, and we couldn’t be any happier with the end result!

After removing the walls, we relocated the sink into a new large island, and created a peninsula with plentiful storage on both sides.  A pro-series range/vent hood was added along the back wall alongside a Thermador fridge and freezer column, double oven stack with warming drawer and a Miele professional built-in coffee maker.  This kitchen went from completely closed-off and claustrophobic to an open concept with a bright and airy feel.  What a transformation!