Ranch-style Redone 

Goals: Update the 1980s U-shaped kitchen and dated oak cabinets and integrate it with the adjacent dining/living rooms. Add more color and art tile to the overall scheme.

This 1980s house had the typical U-shaped kitchen with dated Oak cabinets. The new “double L” configuration made access to the adjoining dining space more convenient. The existing skylight continues to provide lots of natural light.

With the open floor plan of this home, the appearance of the kitchen became an important consideration. The flat ceiling of the existing kitchen meets cathedral ceiling lines in the dining room and living room. This created an interesting challenge for lighting the new bar table which extends into the cathedral ceiling area. The solution involved a bendable track fixture that was wall mounted to allow for small diameter pendants.

The raised bar at the hot prep area allows the cook to have conversations with guests without exposing the countertop mess. Paperstone countertops provide low maintenance surfaces with an elegant low sheen. They’re not as cold as natural stone to lean on while relaxing and chatting with the cook.

The custom glass backsplash adds a connection to the various colors in the adjacent rooms. The gold colors of the living room fireplace and dining room rug and the purple of the desk area are all reflected in these tiles.

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