This North Raleigh kitchen renovation was a full redesign of an existing kitchen space. The kitchen needed a more functional layout. It wanted a new look that would capture the lifestyle of the family and provide a more efficient space for cooking, entertaining and as the heart of the house, serve as a space that could be used throughout the day. The exterior shell remained unchanged, however, new windows and full lite glass doors were inserted. The full kitchen space was demolitioned, which allowed for a new kitchen layout to be explored. Cabinets flank the north and south walls. New full height storage cabinets with built-in oven and microwave were placed on the south wall and an appliance nook bookends the north wall. The existing range is relocated on the north wall surrounded by new casement windows and ceramic tile to allow for more uniform natural reflective light to enter the space. A large casement window opens as a pass thru for the existing deck on the south.
A new island became the feature of this space, with a stainless-steel farm sink inserted, this new island is placed along the east/west axis to allow for open efficient movement through the space. The island is designed to accommodate meals and entertaining. It will comfortably seat seven people with additional space to meet the needs of upwards of ten seated. A coffered ceiling connects both the ceiling to the details of the grid tile pattern throughout the space and centralizes the island as a focal point. This space is a design that accommodates friends and family. It brightens the space and allows the kitchen to feel more open and engulfed in natural light.
Photography by Sterling Stevens Design Photo.
Views of the appliance nook and new built-in seating within the bay window extension.
The kids can do their homework here. Or while entertaining, the casement windows serve as a functional pass thru to the existing deck when entertaining.
This new layout really allows for better circulation while prepping and cooking dinner.
Now while cooking, the bar area of the island allows for open views to the exterior and better communication in the kitchen.
This is how the design of the circulation began.
A before image.