What’s For Dinner? The Heart of the Kitchen
Well, these homeowners truly have a “heart of their home” in their wonderful Kitchen/Breakfast Area/Hearth Room. The back of this space is all windows overlooking their beautiful acreage. It is a large space with ample room for family gatherings or entertaining.
Not the Right Scale
The problem was their island was not the right scale for such a large space, and it did not function well. I must admit – I brought in a heavy hitter for this project, Kitchen Designer Katharine Hatcher of PC Home Center in New Albany, IN. Katharine came up with several great options including adding two islands – one for Kitchen prep and one for entertaining. In the end, the homeowners decided on keeping just one island, but making it larger and definitely more functional.
Some priorities in the redesign process were as follows:
- More countertop/prep space – the original island was not small by any definition, but surprisingly there was very little prep space
- Clearance space – you could not stand behind the dishwasher to open it, and two people could not be working on that side of the island at the same time
- More eating space – the eating space felt like it overlapped the prep space.
To accomplish these goals, we moved the sink & dishwasher to the other leg of the island which allowed for more than one person to be working at the same time. We also incorporated an ice maker that the homeowners already had and a new trash compactor. We improved on the size and finish of the sink by adding a granite composite sink in a dark finish.
Aesthetically, we decided instead of attempting to match the cabinet color, we would do a distressed black finish on the new island. We selected this beautiful Cambria quartz countertop which tied all of the colors together. The homeowners decided on a double radius for the raised bar area, and although this is an expensive option, it makes quite the statement in the room. Katharine outdid herself with all of the detailed molding. The results are simply stunning.
Finally this “Heart of the Kitchen” is worthy to be part of this “Heart of the Home”!