Our clients approached us with a kitchen that they really became tired of looking at and being in. It was dark, uninviting, dated, lacked storage, organization and functional flow. After living with it for more than ten years, it was finally time to get the kitchen of their dreams that they will enjoy. The clients anticipate living on in the house for many more years to come, so the ultimate goal was to get a beautiful classic kitchen that would last the test of time. As with any wish list the key must-haves were: good lighting, storage, extra counter space, a desk area, eat-in table/seating and classic style.
“Having a good looking kitchen isn’t enough to make it a great kitchen. Starting with a new layout and configuring smart storage solutions are the first steps towards attaining a great kitchen…the pretty comes later on.” says Alona of MAJ|Interiors. Having a smart layout in the kitchen is what allows for good work flow when cooking. First, the refrigerator was relocated to the opposite wall next to the sink. The work flow usually works as follows: ‘get food from fridge, wash, and then cook.’ That is what this kitchen layout allows for moving from the refrigerator, to the sink to the stove in one consecutive line. “By relocating the fridge, we were also able to open up part of the wall into the dining room, allowing for natural light to travel from the front of the house to the back while utilizing the bottom portion of the wall for additional storage and counter space,” recalls Alona. The narrow kitchen is comprised of three functional zones, the preparation area, eat-in seating with table and desk/home office. Each zone has its unique storage solutions, like drawers under the built-in bench that allows for storing those seasonal items for Christmas or Thanksgiving. Everyone knows the saying “The kitchen is the heart of the home,” it couldn’t be truer in this case for this family!