This home is located in the small rural town of Lyons, OR. It is a modified ranch style, and was built in 1971 with a small galley kitchen. The original kitchen was very outdated and worn, did not tie into the rest of the home well, and did not meet the current homeowner’s needs or style. “I want my new kitchen to be warm with lots of wood”, she stated.
It was important to the client that the floor plan from dining room through the kitchen into what is called the piano room, was opened up. She also wanted us to widen the opening between the kitchen and adjacent family room, and blend and improve the finishes between these spaces. We were able to accomplish this by:
- Eliminating the soffits over the old cabinets
- Removing a non-loadbearing wall between the kitchen and piano room
- Replacing paneling with sheetrock
- Upgrading the cedar trim
- Installing a custom maple wood slab with live edge for the counter as a focal point
To work within the client’s budget and priorities, we allowed her to help with the painting and installation of the tile backsplash so funds were available for the copper apron sink and matching faucet she really wanted.
Other systems and structures that were redesigned and updated include:
- Custom knotty alder cabinet package finished on-site
- Granite countertops with full height tile backsplash
- Removal of the “popcorn” ceiling in the kitchen and dining areas
- Overall lighting upgrades from fluorescent fixtures to a combination of recessed ceiling lighting, under counter lighting and accent lighting over the sink and dining room table
The space was really made much more lively by taking an outdated, cramped kitchen and making it warm and inviting. The homeowner’s favorite parts are the sink and counter area that looks out into the family room. She states, “It’s much more fun to cook and spend time in this kitchen now!”