From Boxed Atrocity to Beautiful Kitchen
We have been told that the favorite projects at JWH are the ones that require them to “think outside the box.” In this part of the country, the charming Victorians and solidly built Tudors are known to present plenty of challenges, but sometimes a 1980’s colonial can be just as tricky when it wasn’t designed properly from the start. The story of this beautiful kitchen design will shine a light on this.
In this recent project designed by JWH Design & Cabinetry, the existing kitchen was actually “in a box.” A rectangular room with long solid walls, one exterior window, and one doorway to the mudroom. To add, the cabinetry layout made no sense whatsoever! Even with a big opening to the adjoining family room, nothing about this space worked well.
Taking on the Challenge
Before the Design Team at JWH will even focus on designing the cabinetry, appliances, and countertops, they approach the space (and all the adjoining rooms) as a whole. “Fixing” the space architecturally, whether it is adding or adjusting doorways, increasing windows, or even knocking down walls, is the critical first step.
“Any cabinet dealer can simply replace white cabinets and marble countertops, but this is a disservice to the homeowner,” says Jennifer Howard, owner and principal designer at JWH Design & Cabinetry. “Improving the architecture of the room first will allow the designs to flow naturally, resulting in a space that “feels” right and functions well for the long term.”
The JWH Team begins to explore various layout options. Meanwhile, the homeowner is presented with realistic 3-d views to help them visualize their new space. In this case, the windows and new appliances had to remain. Nonetheless, new cabinetry configuration created a fully functioning kitchen. This design suit both the kids and mom. With a large island for seating, a separate Bar with an added wine unit, and a generous desk area, everyone is happy! Adjusting one door location and adding another was the simple architectural solutions that created new flow through the area. The latter thrilled this homeowner.
With the cabinetry design process now complete, the detailed shop drawings are “signed off” and in production. Next, demolition and reconstruction of this space will begin. This Connecticut family will be enjoying their new kitchen well in time for the holidays. Stay tuned for additional “In the Works” projects.
Posted by C.C. Murray, 2016