River’s Edge Estate
A new kitchen was just the beginning.
About the project
When you think of a chef’s kitchen, what comes to mind? A large island for preparing food, a heavy duty gourmet gas stove, two ovens, lots of storage and organization for dishes and cookware? All these things were lacking in this kitchen beforehand. What started as a dream became a reality with this remodel.
The project began as a simple kitchen remodel. We were going to add an additional 80 square feet to the house in order to square up the foundation and create a more inviting space. By the time the project was completed, we had incorporated more storage outside in the form of a tuck under shed for outdoor equipment, a dog bath addition in the laundry room, Master bedroom improvements and also in-home office modifications. The kitchen became part of the home and thus the central gathering point for family gatherings, holidays, and parties.
We started by adding the additional floor space on the main floor of the house. We removed the old exterior walls after building the new structure around it since it was late fall when we began. Once that was done, we took up the flooring and made changes for plumbing and electrical. We added a pot filler over the stove for convenience. A large window over the sink allows for ample natural light to filter into the space.
Before the kitchen cabinets were installed, we laid the hand scraped flooring. The dark tones in the flooring complimented the white trim and the natural light from the big picture windows in the living room and dining room help to keep the tones bright.
Once the flooring was in, it was time to bring in the cabinets. Custom designed and built cabinets give this project a premium and luxurious feel. The lower cabinets are all drawers, with larger ones for dishes and cookware. The smaller ones hold utensils. All drawers and doors feature soft close technology so no one has to hear the slam of a cabinet door. The island is a separate color from the rest of the kitchen to create interest and tie into the flooring. Two countertop colors make this kitchen a stunning addition to the home. The kitchen became a place to truly gather and entertain. With an island large enough to get even the biggest family around, it’s truly an inviting space.
To add a touch of flare to the kitchen, the tile backsplash is set in a traditional herringbone style. White subway tiles encompass the exterior walls from countertop to the ceiling, wrapping around the large kitchen window. Custom made toppers on all windows and doors take the style of this project up and notch and create nice contrast to the wide flat casing.
A few unique pieces to this kitchen include, a one-of-a-kind paper towel drawer, with built in storage for additional paper towels; a standalone coffee bar area to house all the accouterments; a custom built range hood cover for the industrial vent above the stove; and custom built drawers for your cooking utensils.
As the project began to encompass the rest of the main floor of the house, we added a custom dog shower for taking care of muddy paws or stinky dogs that just need to be cleaned up. With a unique bubble style tile, this dog bath is artsy and functional. A handheld shower wand makes cleaning a breeze while the large curb keeps the splashes and mess at bay.
The fireplace in the living room was existing but outdated. We removed all the structure around the fireplace and updated it with stone veneer and a custom white mantle and top. We made a one of a kind media area to house the electronics and cables to create a clean look.
The Master bedroom got an update too in the form of two large French doors. Because of the high ceilings in this house, we were able to install a 5ft by 8ft tall set of French doors that open into the bedroom. This made for quite an impression on the view from the living room.
The in-home office also got upgraded doors. Previously a set of French doors, the new ones were frosted glass to provide privacy while at work but still allow for light to flow into the room. Tying the flooring into the whole main floor space created a cohesive look and feel.
What used to be a dark, outdated living space is now a bright, spacious, inviting place to live. It’s a place to entertain, to cook, and gather. The kitchen is certainly a Chef’s dream come true. The living room is warm and inviting, the office is private yet open, and the bedroom is grand yet cozy. All completed, the main floor of this house is one style, luxurious amenities and a phenomenal place to call home.