Project Overview

Wood species: Birch (main cabinets) Cherry (open cabinet)
Finishing Applied: Linen paint with semi gloss top coat (main cabinets) Wineberry with semi gloss top coat (open cabinet)
Door Style: American Heritage with full overlay
Countertop Material: Soapstone

When the owners of this home in the mountains decided to update their kitchen, one of their main goals was to incorporate the beautiful view of their backyard. Additionally, they wanted to update their cabinets and fixtures and expand their spatially limited kitchen. Although horizontal expansion was prohibited by limited square footage, we achieved a great vertical expansion by opening the ceiling to the second floor and creating the illusion of a much larger space. We replaced a single door at the rear of the kitchen with sliding glass doors leading onto the deck, thereby uniting the interior space with the outdoors. We reflected the homeowners’ artistic flair with a glass tile backsplash in earth tones to bring out the color of the cherry cabinetry, soapstone countertops and slate floor.

To give this two-room bachelor’s apartment a much needed update and a more spacious feel we removed a wall between the kitchen and living room and redesigned the kitchen with space saving appliances such as an undercounter refrigerator drawer, a two-burner gas cooktop and a small diagonal corner sink. We used white, contemporary cabinetry and a tin, ceiling tile backsplash for a more modern look. To reflect the homeowner’s lifestyle as a piano player we used soapstone countertops with contours to match those of a baby grand piano in the living room. An open-backed shelf unit functions as a wineglass holder and bookshelf to unite the kitchen with an adjacent seating area without creating an obtrusive divider and without wasting valuable storage space.