This family of five purchased a rundown 1940s home and needed a much larger kitchen that would be central to the family’s needs.
The existing kitchen, pantry, and dining room in this 1940s home were three cramped rooms. We combined these three rooms to create one large beautiful kitchen and mudroom that is central to the family’s everyday life. The renovated kitchen is part of a much larger whole-house remodel that included repairs, new systems and updating all the rooms in the house.
We created an opening between the kitchen and existing living room for better flow. We kept the original floors, toothed in new pieces and sanded and finished all the floors. The kitchen has a neutral palette. It also features:
Removing two walls—the wall between the kitchen and pantry, and the wall between the pantry and dining room–created one large space that we then fitted with a new kitchen with a large island. We designed a mudroom in the original galley kitchen space.
The home did not have a great connection to the rear yard. We installed a door from the kitchen, as well as a sliding door in the new dining room to the right. The doors are all glass. A new window over the sink also brings in natural light.
A practical beverage center sits on the wall between the entry to the dining room on the left and living room on the right. A farmhouse sink contributes to the traditional look. A smaller prep sink is next to the refrigerator diagonal from this one. The three children have plenty of seating for snacks and homework at the large island.
The mudroom is located off the side entry where the original kitchen was located and is close to the garage. The exterior door lines up with the door from the mudroom to the kitchen for great sight lines. We used custom cabinetry to create lockers for each of the three children. It has durable tile flooring. We reconfigured the nearby powder room and there is also a small study at the end of that hall.
The den off the original dining room had been a porch that was enclosed in a past remodel. The structure was not insulated. The owners wanted to use it as a dining room. We added insulation, new hardwood flooring, two new windows for additional light, and a sliding glass door to the patio. It is easily accessed from the kitchen. The exterior side entry door lines up with the door from the mudroom to the kitchen and with this dining room opening.
This kitchen/mudroom was part of an extensive “house rescue.” Click here to read the story of the full renovation.
October 30, 2014