Adapting Existing Spaces to New Uses Gallery

4 April 2012
Adapting Existing Spaces to New Uses Gallery

Adapting existing spaces to new uses

This family’s house was built in the 1950s. They have raised their three kids in their old and beautiful home; however, they wanted to host family gatherings with all their kids and grandchildren!  But the old space did not handle all the family very well.


This family wanted to keep the look of the old kitchen, but wanted more space, more storage, and a more open feel. With this in mind we worked together and came up with a plan to take out a wall, put in a new beam (to create a spacious and open kitchen), and maximize storage space with new cabinets. My clients asked if it was possible to have the cabinets stained a particular color. I said “of course”, and created a custom mixing of color samples from which to choose.

All the drawers are the self closing; there is storage on both sides of the counter/island. In the upper cupboards on both sides of the stove are narrow spice racks. The upper cupboards with the glass doors are home to some special teapots that have been collected over the years. One of the things that was really important was to retain the coved plaster ceiling and create new cove to match where walls had been removed. This also enabled my clients to get a new table that would extend to seat 12.

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