This house was built in 1946 and had an addition in 1952. It was essentially untouched since then and in need of some serious updating. The dark cramped hallway led into a dark, wood paneled kitchen with baby blue metal cabinets and pink formica countertops. The bathroom was outdated and there was no laundry room. The house was gutted to the studs and completely updated with new windows, wiring and insulation.
In re-imagining the spaces, we wanted to re-use the metal kitchen cabinets. They were in great shape but the layout, location and color of the kitchen needed to be addressed. With an inventory of the cabinets in hand, I was able to move the kitchen towards the existing windows and re-configure the cabinetry to form a new kitchen with an island. A trip to the sandblasters got rid of the baby blue color and with new countertops and flooring a modern, functional kitchen was born.
Moving the kitchen created enough space for a laundry room and the walls around the staircase were opened up. Swapping the location of toilet and sink along with clean modern colors and finishes visually enlarged the main floor bath. The original floors were saved and re-finished and a new front window was discovered on Craigslist that added needed light and flair.