Chris & Jenny’s Kitchen Posted on December 8, 2011 By hello kitchen

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I’m excited to show this transformational before / after! Chris and Jenny live in a 1996 house in Travis Country, and after 15 years, this kitchen had seen some serious wear and tear. As an avid cook and high-heat stir-fryer, Chris longed for a more central location for the cooktop to showcase his skills and socialize with friends and family. Jenny, the sous chef, needed a clear workspace and much better storage to control the clutter.

The original layout had a central island that was really too small for prep work, and the pantry occupied a large amount of space in the corner. Three drywall-sheathed columns framed the kitchen without much order or rationale to their shape. The dining table seemed a bit too large for its space.

Below is a photo of the kitchen before our renovation…

…and after, the same view. The new layout gives some order to the large space, defining the kitchen, vestibule and bar area. A large island features a cooktop and floating hood, so Chris can face out to his family and guests while cooking. We moved the refrigerator to the back wall, with pantry cabinets on either side. A bar area with a wood top separates the ovens from the dining banquette.

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The first time I visited the house, I noted all the 45 degree angles in the rooms. Chris and Jenny liked how the angles set up a dynamic relationship between the rooms, and wanted to incorporate some of this in the design of the kitchen. We took the inspiration into the vestibule, which before looked like this:

…and after, has a slight inward bend to its shape. This was a good way to bring some form into the space without compromising the kitchen layout or cabinetry.

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The vestibule cabinet served as an overflow for the kitchen, and holds china, decorative items, and some of the books and binders that were formerly cluttering this space. A little niche was built into the side wall by the island for spices and salt.

This before view shows the back wall of the kitchen: the pantry on the left, which dominated the scale of the kitchen, the cramped cooking area for the range and micro-hood, and the narrow island.

This back wall works much better for the ‘big solids’ in the kitchen: refrigerator and pantry cabinets. The door faces were skinned with shiplap to give a modern rustic style to the kitchen, but also to break up the scale of this large storage element. The island surface is a Brazillian Santos mahogany, and we repeated this material in the corner shelves in the upper cabinets to the right. Stainless steel buttons act as a trivet for larger serving dishes, set up right in front of the chef for his presentations.

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We kept the sink located under the big window, but Jenny removed the shade so they have a great view of their banana plant outside. The new light fixtures are from Rejuvenation Hardware, and this countertop is Caesarstone Nougat. The sink is a large single-bowl cast iron from Rohl and really helps brighten this work area.

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The backsplash is an embossed edge, matte white tile from the Ann Sacks, Barbara Barry line. Our idea for the color scheme was to go softer and in blue /grey tones, a nice change from the bold yellows and reds!

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This project was completed in about 11 weeks – Tonianne and her crew did a great job! Thanks to all these providers and skilled people who contributed to the project:

Contractor: Tonianne Soster of TAS Construction – 512.825.3773

Cabinetry: FABShop, Richard Macdonald

Wood Countertops: DeVos Custom Woodworking

Tile: Ann Sacks

Appliances: All KitchenAid, from Kiva Kitchen & Bath

Hardware: Push Pull Open Close

 

Photography: Allison Cartwright of Twist Tours

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