A Julia Childs fan, this client wanted a highly functioning kitchen without a cluttered look. Daily used appliances needed to be at the ready, but still have a classy, uptown look for easy entertaining. She is also a museum curator, so a bright space with display areas was important to bring in an artsy vibe.
The kitchen with white cabinets started out small and narrow and divided in two sections. The goal was to expand a small galley kitchen in an old house to an updated kitchen space by opening the wall between the kitchen and dining room. The whole house is simple and square, so the sight line from the front entry through the dining room to the kitchen was a key point. The wood flooring in the kitchen matches wood flooring in the rest of the house, but runs perpendicular to define the space.
Special touches include the narrow cabinet that houses the kitchen electrical and light switches. The curve above the built-in cabinet with glass shelves was designed to match the cove above the door to the basement. Glass shelves are lit to highlight objects. The industrial pendant lights about the peninsula give a casual, comfortable feel along with the chrome faucet and chrome cabinet hardware. The textured glass on the pendant lights matches the dining room chandelier to unify the two rooms.
The main electrical panel was located in the wall that was being removed and had to be relocated.
Structural supports were added to the wall. Several layers of flooring were removed and flooring levels were adjusted to make the floor flush. Cubbies and specially-sized openings had to be incorporated to accommodate large cutting boards and a cookbook collection. Custom kitchen cabinets give the kitchen more modern storage areas.
Overall, the kitchen has bright, light feel with clean lines and a bit of feminine softness. We’re sure Julia Childs would approve!
Corning, NY kitchen by MartinecBuilders
Traditional kitchen with white cabinets in a center front colonial home. A classic kitchen for a cook and entertainer.
White kitchen with light hardwood floor
A traditional white kitchen with hardwood flooring. Highlights include the custom white range hood over the stove, the built-in microwave shelf, and storage solutions throughout the kitchen.
White kitchen with pendant light over sink
In this photo, undermount sink, Delta pull-down faucet, Floridatile backsplash tiles, and industrial pendant light over sink.