Kitchen Design Remodel Oakton, Virginia
The homeowners planned to retire in their pleasant Colonial home, for them conveniently situated in Oakton. The dining room, required for larger family gatherings, although dated was of adequate size, but closed off from and too separate from the kitchen. The kitchen itself was dated, dark and while small, made even smaller by the inclusion of the eat-in table for more frequent, informal meals.
Their logical conclusion was that they had to provide for a small addition on the back of the house to enlarge the kitchen footprint which would allow for a reconfiguration. That would fix it.
Through initial design discussions, it was realized that the goals of the homeowners could be accomplished within a more realistic budget by integrating the existing dining room and kitchen spaces, still allowing for the accomplishment of all of the homeowner goals.
An open, continuous space is accomplished by removing the wall between the dining room and kitchen, and converting the small single window over the sink, to a wider bay window. Thus there is light.
Small changes can have a big impact. Entering through the front door into the foyer, there was a modest doorway opening into the dining room. Cutting back the wall of the stairs and installing a new handrail, markedly broadens the view, both to and fro the front door foyer area.
The dining room kitchen wall and former kitchen eat-in area is replaced with a peninsula, including raised counter and ample seating edged slightly into the larger dining area. Along with allowing more space for a larger kitchen work area, more countertop space and drawer storage is provided. There was also room under counter drawer microwave, elevated for easy reach.
Charm and function is topped off with a window seat bench flanked by glass cabinets and storage along the dining room window wall.
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