Our relationship with this client started in 1986 when, with a design build project, we converted a three-bedroom “bachelors pad” into a five-bedroom home to accommodate a newly blended family of five children. Years passed, children moved out, the original home was sold, a condominium bought and remodeled by us to provide the reduced space requirements of an empty nester' s life style. Finally, in 1996. we were engaged to provide design build services for a total remodel of their third and current home. With this home, the focus of our client was on family. Their vision was that this would become the nuclear center of family life. A place where they, their married children and grandchildren could gather for the holidays and family functions. The following paragraphs describe the problems and solutions for the kitchen portion of this total home remodel. For The Buckingham Group, this was the start of the final phase in what has been a thirty-year relationship with this client during which we have provided design build services on three different homes and completed a total of twenty-two individual projects.
The dark and dated kitchen was locked in the 80’s and in significant need of a 21st century update to boost its floor space, function and aesthetics. Its underwhelming design didn’t supply the character or presence that the Owners craved to take advantage of its ten-foot wood covered and beamed ceiling. They wanted to eliminate the sense of isolation in the kitchen, which was a rectangular space that was closed off from the balance of the home. Adding to this major problem were outdated appliances, laminate countertops, an undulating Mexican tile floor and builder basic seven-foot tall orangey-ash cabinets which in themselves stuck out as a sore thumb. The kitchen was totally lacking in the mixture of materials and finishes that would punctuate the level of sophistication and style of the owners. It simply did not work for two people who loved to cook and entertain family and friends.
The wall separating the kitchen from the center hallway was removed to both eliminate the sense of isolation and to create a multi-functional space in the kitchen. What was formerly a hallway, became part of the kitchen and the kitchen effectively became linked to the bar and great room. The kitchen had, at this stage started to assume the family friendly space that the homeowners desired. Next, the floor tile, kitchen cabinets, appliances and wall coverings were removed exposing the basic framing. We now had a raw palate ready to paint with a kitchen that would be impressive and fabulous, but also comfortable, friendly and usable.
A combination of glazed, distressed and stained knotty alder cabinets with two different finishes were installed. For visual interest, antique glass inserts were added to the doors of selected cabinets. To minimize the appearance of a long and narrow kitchen, twin feature laden islands were anchored to the center of the floor space.
For the countertops, our client selected an exotic granite with an animated pattern and flow that captures the imagination, becoming a reflection of their interest in creating something different and unusual. The movement in the granite was carefully selected so that it gave the appearance that the individual islands flowed from one to another.
The existing wood ceiling was extended into the former hallway space. Both it and the decorative beams were refinished to coordinate with the cabinet finishes thereby creating a stunning environment for the owners to entertain their family and guests. The colors of the inset stone back splash were selected to harmonize with the colors found in the countertops. A handcrafted mantle serves as a focal point in the kitchen embellishing the wood work around the professional cooktop. A gourmet’s delight, this cooktop coupled with an abundance of additional professional appliances enables our owners to easily prepare food for even a large party. An exhaust hood is concealed within the mantle, its sound dampened by a muffler strategically placed in the duct system before it exhausts to the exterior.Lighting controls are hidden either in the bottom of the cabinets or in the mantle's corbels which conveniently swing open for their use. Operable doors at the end of each island provide storage for spices and condiments that are used during meal preparation. The custom cabinets at the end of the kitchen, designed to blend into the overall kitchen, are in reality clothes closets, one each for the husband and wife.
The Homeowners"Your professionalism, the work ethics of Buckingham employees both in the office and field, and the quality of your subcontractors is exceptional." - Danny & Suzie
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