John and Deb were empty nesters looking for a change. Their home had great airflow, but the space didn’t provide the function they were looking for and the amount of oak gave the home a very dated look. They wanted something that would add more texture and interest to their home. Their main level remodel included a kitchen, home office area and living room.
The kitchen was arguably the most important room in this project. John and Deb felt their current kitchen was too cramped and too monochromatic with the oak cabinets blending into the floor. They also love to bake so they wanted a kitchen that would support that hobby. New Spaces improved the layout and function of the space, opening it up to feel more airy and spacious. We removed the old oak cabinets and replaced them with custom, slate-colored cherry cabinets with an ebony glaze. Because they’re made out of natural wood components, there are differences in grain texture and natural marks, which gives them a rustic feel. The cabinets provide ample storage along with a super pantry – this clever use of space maximizes storage with pull-out shelving to provide the same amount of storage as a walk-in pantry in less space. The white marble countertops are Cambria Brittanicca with a waterfall ledge. The coolness of the countertops help balance the warmth from the cabinets and floors. Another highlight of this kitchen is the White Quartzite backsplash behind the cooktop: the pattern and color compliments both the wooden design on the staircase and the cool brick of the fireplace, creating visual symmetry.
With a staircase bisecting the main living area, this was a space that had fantastic potential but wasn’t currently being utilized. We were able to keep the existing staircase railing by only replacing the spindles with wrought-iron, which updated the look and feel without adding extra time to the remodel. The gorgeous new staircase is covered in a mix of reclaimed wood – the cool and warm tones in the wood reflect the mixture of temperatures throughout the entire main level. This creates a design that’s visually striking and cohesive. The command center next to the staircase fills this area a bit more so it doesn’t feel too open. This also gives the homeowners a place to work from home comfortably, with soft lighting on the underside of the shelves to illuminate their workspace.
The house already had a fireplace that the owners didn’t want to loose, but instead wanted to update to mirror the rest of the main floor remodel. The raised hearthstone is a light, cool gray to counterbalance the warmth of the custom cherry cabinets surrounding it (that also match the cabinets in the kitchen). The mantle is reclaimed wood to reflect the reclaimed wood on the staircase. The resulting space echoes designs from the kitchen and home office, while still feeling like its own space.
This main floor remodel breathed new life into John and Deb’s home. Now they have a space that’s functional for their needs and a delight to look at every day. The open floor plan makes it easy for guests to socialize across the kitchen, dining area and living room. We were so excited to help John and Deb bring this ambitious project to life.