Updating a Closed Vintage Kitchen

While on an estimate a few weeks agoI was asked to create a brand new layout for a vintage kitchen- the catch being the client wanted to keep it a "closed" kitchen. Meaning no tearing out of walls, no open space concept. After spending some time in the space and listening to the clients needs and wishes, I went straight to the drawing board. When I design any space, I try to get into the heads of the people that will use the space...the flow, the function, then the beauty. Designing to me is about finding solutions to make their lives better and easier in a really beautiful way.

Here are some before pictures: 

Fist thing is cutting off an awkward peninsula that housed the range. This creates MORE counter space (NOT LESS) and breathing room overall, the fridge in the corner gets moved to the other side of the room where the double oven was so now- a another food prep area is created with an under cabinet microwave, open shelving or a plate rack and 2- 3 sconces on the wall to illuminate that dark corner. The large 48" range stove gets moved across from where it was, creating an efficient working triangle. A kitchen this size should have a proper eat-in area so I created a banquette that would seat 6 people comfortably under a beautiful row of windows starting from the sink over- not pictured in the rendering. 

On the other side of the kitchen I'm keeping the long row of existing lower cabinets and glass uppers. I felt this element should stay however updated with new bases and counter tops. The client wants a rolling cart island instead of creating a permanent one. The one pictured here was just to give me an idea as to what size would fit comfortably.

 

In terms of style, they wanted modern farmhouse; Joanna Gaines. I created a public Pinterest board with a few of my material and fixture options here Simple white shakers, matte black or ORB hardware and light fixtures with edison lights. 

The contractor has now taken over the project and I'm confident this project will turn out amazingly in their capable hands.