This job began after years of careful planning, turning an attic into a renovated apartment, complete with a sitting area, wet bar, large bedroom and marble bath. This little suite became the clients safe haven while staying on site during the full house renovation.
Architect Tom Liggett, AIA, Arcus Group, helped turn a tiny dark dining room into the main kitchen area vastly improve the flow and use of the house. As my client did not need a large dining area, I suggested this space be used for a mudroom and planting area where she could spend time doing the planting and gardening that she loved.
To begin with the kitchen design, I gathered driftwood from a nearby beach as color inspiration. I then gave the piece that was the perfect patina to the cabinet maker and this sample became the inspiration for the mudroom cabinet and two accent doors flanking the stove. Then reproduction chrome refrigerator handles kept a vintage look in the kitchen and chrome marine hardware was used on the mudroom cabinet. The mud room cabinet was hand stained to look as if it had been 'found' at a flea market, but inside it is fitted with hooks, shelves and electrical for all the modern cordless appliances.
All lower kitchen cabinets were fitted with lighting that illuminates when doors are opened and all outlets are hidden. Ample cabinetry was designed for the family room to house supplies for late night work, complete with doors to hide a large flat screen. In the kitchen, I created a built in seating area, complete with electrical for technology accessories. The seats also contain pull out drawers that house office supplies and electrical so that the space functions as a small office during the day.
As the designer, it was my job to make sure that every detail was labored over, well planned and executed. In the end, my client had a new home that functioned beautifully and provided the functionality she craved.