J.P. Franzen Associates Architects, P.C.
This new kitchen was part of a larger renovation project involving interior and exterior alterations to an existing house. The pre-existing kitchen was located on the corner of the house, distant from the back yard. The reason for this was the internal logic of the house and necessary access from the driveway and garage, located on a lower level. The new owners’ goal was to move the kitchen as far as possible towards the back yard and to introduce light and views.
The original house, a typical mid-20th century design, was a series of compartmentalized rooms. The owners wanted to open up the plan so that kitchen, formal and informal dining areas and comfortable seating could be combined. This was achieved by relocating the kitchen, at the sacrifice of small den and by opening up some of the existing walls. The access stair to the garage and driveway was re-routed to dodge behind the kitchen.
The ceiling in the new kitchen area was raised to the underside of the roof to create more height. A small addition was built between the new kitchen and backyard for informal dining. The kitchen itself was arranged with a large two-sided island (stools on the outside, sink on the inside) with robust looking pendant lights above. The cooking surface is on axis and opposite the sink. The fireplace and casual seating area is opposed to the island stools. The laundry, pantry, powder room and dining room were arranged along the north flank of the kitchen and casual seating area which is opposite the casual dining.
Architectural finishes, with exception of the hardwood floor are all white- cabinets, counters, backsplash tile, ceiling cladding, walls and trim. Fireplace stone is neutral grey. Appliances are stainless steel. Hardware is oil-rubbed bronze. Moldings are traditional and in harmony with the style of the house. Paneling is all flat and recessed with simple ovolo sticking so as not to distract from the tranquil mood of space.