For a couple that both enjoyed cooking, it was essential that their kitchen renovation not only had a work station for each of them but that it also had a clean, open and contemporary feel. Designer Jill Calo of Chardon, Ohio-based Payne & Payne Builders stepped in to create a space where the couple could cook together without issues.
Switching Around the Layout
There were several issues with the existing kitchen, mainly that it was too small and included an unused entryway that wasted space. There was only one sink, and its location was not ideal.
“The kitchen was very dated and dark, and it had old appliances and a dysfunctional work flow,” said the designer. “They also did not have enough cabinets for storage.”
Using AutoCAD to lay out the new plan and Google SketchUp to present it to the clients, Calo opened the existing kitchen into the eat-in breakfast area and the unused entryway. Without these two spaces, Calo had more than enough available square footage for two workstations on either side of the range and double ovens and two large sinks – one on the perimeter and one on the larger of the two islands.
“This first island features a waterfall countertop with a back covered in wood plank,” said Calo. “The second island features the same countertop but has a kitchen table made of live-edge wood attached to one end of it.”
Along with tying into the wood plank features on the other island, the kitchen table helps warm up the requested palette: white with pops of color.
“The couple wanted a modern design, so I chose a flat-panel cabinet in high-gloss white with minimal hardware,” said Calo, adding that this European-style cabinet complements the matte white subway tile backsplash and a white quartz countertop with minimal veining.
This white palette is contrasted by a few other colorful elements, the most striking of which is the red range.
“The red BlueStar range was chosen by the clients, and I really wanted to highlight it,” said the designer.
She repeated this bright red tone in a small, square part of the backsplash above the bar area. Rather than echoing the subway tile, this tile is oval and resembles bright red river rocks.
The color is also repeated in the main light fixture above the smaller island. This piece includes five bare Edison bulbs attached to five exposed, differently colored strings, one of which is the same bright red as the range and the backsplash.
Two Too Many
While the homeowners’ kitchen now fit both them and their cooking preferences, their two daughters also needed a bathroom that would work for them as well.
“The girls wanted a separate toilet/bidet room and to each have her own sink,” said Calo.
To accommodate these requests, the designer stole space from the adjacent bedroom closets; she then had room to install two wall-mounted vanities. Sourced from Ikea for their price point, the cabinets feature the same modern, high-gloss look as the kitchen.
The contemporary feel needed to continue into the bathing area, which would still include a tub/shower combo for resale value. To update the look, the designer installed dual-swing, frosted-glass shower doors – a feature she loved and repeated on the door for the toilet room.