Bright Side

A less-is-more kitchen ren­o­va­tion breathes life and light into this fam­ily-fo­cused hub—with­out mov­ing walls.

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Many re­mod­el­ing pro­jects op­er­ate

with the mind-set that more

re­ally is bet­ter. But a thought­ful de­sign so­lu­tion that doesn’t up­end ev­ery square inch can yield en­vi­able re­sults. Take the Cal­i­for­nia kitchen of Lisa and Chris Hauswirth: It func­tioned just fine but was closed off and dark. “The ex­ist­ing kitchen was su­per tra­di­tional with tons of heavy cab­i­netry,” ar­chi­tec­tural de­signer Sarah Reeves of Sazen De­sign says. De­spite all the cab­i­nets, the kitchen lacked the size and scale of storage space the Hauswirths re­quired. But all of that changed with a re­model that re­pur­posed a nearby bath­room and— shock­ingly—didn’t re­quire mov­ing any walls. Reeves and Nancy Ma­dyn­ski at builder Jeff King & Co. in­stead fo­cused on min­i­mal moves, and de­sign­ers from Decorist in­cor­po­rated style up­dates that com­ple­mented the home’s orig­i­nal ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments.

The de­sign team care­fully an­a­lyzed pro­por­tions and traf­fic flow in the kitchen, mov­ing the sink and dish­washer to strengthen the room’s work space. A long, lin­ear is­land was re­placed by a shorter, wider ver­sion with seat­ing—the com­mand cen­ter for the busy house­hold. A new wood desk­top faces a bank of win­dows, which of­ten serves as Lisa’s sunny work space and of­fers ad­di­tional seat­ing for get-to­geth­ers. An added door­way into the kitchen en­ables easy ac­cess to the new but­ler’s pantry across the hall— once a rarely used bath­room. The home­own­ers now en­joy an abun­dance of storage and ex­tras, such as a wine fridge and prep sink in the pantry.

Ma­te­ri­als choices also light­ened and bright­ened the hard­work­ing space. A stream­lined vent hood re­cedes into the bank of up­per cab­i­nets, while two sets of open shelves con­tribute to a light, airy feel. An or­gan­i­cally in­spired tile mo­saic back­splash of­fers de­sign in­ter­est above the range. Matte-brass ac­cents, in­clud­ing cab­i­net knobs and pen­dant lights, sup­ply a bit of glam. Wal­nut shelves and white­washed oak floor­ing of­fer con­trast to the cooler tile, stone, and stain­less steel as well as the white and light gray cus­tom cab­i­nets.

Lisa is shocked by “how dra­matic the trans­for­ma­tion was,” she says. “The de­sign team didn’t just bring our vi­sion to life, they made our vi­sion bet­ter.”

Bright white up­per cab­i­nets make the nar­row kitchen feel big­ger. Coun­ter­tops on the perime­ter cab­i­nets and the is­land con­tinue the light, bright color scheme, while lower cab­i­nets an­chor the space with a soft gray hue. Mat­te­brass hard­ware, faucets, light fix­tures, and stools add touches of glam­our.

op­po­site: The new kitchen in­cludes a place for meal prep, a break­fast area, a work space, and serves as an all-around fam­ily hang­out. Decorist Elite de­sign­ers MAS De­sign spec­i­fied wood float­ing shelves to add tex­ture and storage while main­tain­ing the kitchen’s airy, mod­ern vibe. above: Orig­i­nally a bath­room, the new but­ler’s pantry was de­signed by Decorist Elite de­signer Ash­ley Red­mond to or­ga­nize wine, food, and serving pieces.

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