For someone with a passion for canning and crafting homemade goods, her kitchen layout caused more headaches then enjoyment. This kitchen remodel was much more than improving the day-to-day life, but also to expand and encourage their household’s emphasis on healthy, homemade meals.
The original kitchen design had several issues, including a cooktop that consumed most of the space on the kitchen island.
More storage and workspace was also needed. A few items on the wishlist included a pot filler to relieve the burden of carrying heavy pots of water and also re-positioning their off-center kitchen sink for a better view of their gorgeous garden.
They decided it was time to call in an expert and contacted Molly McCabe, AKBD, CGP, CAPS of A Kitchen That Works, LLC. Molly took some time to get to know the homeowners, their lifestyle, and, the structure of the home.
For style, the couple wanted a more modern farmhouse look. They also love the “cranberry” red of their original kitchen island. Molly created a combination of door styles and finishes to help them create the right look and helped find a perfect shade of “cranberry red” using Dura Supreme’s Personal Paint Match program.
She started by slightly reconfiguring the space, placing the fridge where the doorway used to be, then extending the counter space and working storage horizontally. With the vaulted ceiling, they extended the wall cabinet height adding additional storage vertically.
The cooktop was moved off of the kitchen island and to the wall where the double ovens once sat. A larger, ventilation system was installed along with a pot filler.
The kitchen sink was centered to enhance the view to the garden and deep apron sink was selected not only to fit the farmhouse style but also to accommodate the emptying of large pots of water used in canning.
For the new, spacious island, a butcher block countertop was selected creating a larger workspace that makes food prep and clean up an easy chore for this kitchen’s crafty chef.
“The kitchen island is chuck full of storage!” explained McCabe. Great consideration of the homeowner’s hobby was taken into consideration when designing the island. Some of the features include a pull-out waste bin to help with cleanup after prepping food on the butcher block, a bookcase to keep her favorite cookbooks close at hand, a dishrack drawer within easy reach from the dishwasher and sink, and a wine rack facing the living room and dining room for entertaining her guests with her homemade ciders. There’s even space for seasonally used items to be stored out of the way, yet easy to find.
To make working at the kitchen island as comfortable as possible, a selection of cable and rail lighting was added. A large decorative fan was also added to help keep a comfortable room temperature and assist in circulating the air when steaming large amounts of water.
In the end, all the “headaches” of the original kitchen were solved along with several new additions to allow the homeowner to truly enjoy her passion.