“Hallways are dead space,” says interior designer Harmony Weihs. When designing this renovated kitchen, she knew that between the permit process and extensive construction, expanding the space with an addition would be a huge expense. Instead, she broke through to a dark hallway and incorporated it into the room, gaining 62 square feet. She also ripped out dated soffits and upper cabinets, changed the layout from a U shape to one that incorporated a large island, added a large window and used reflective surfaces like glass tile and stainless steel to make the new room functional, brighter and much larger feeling.
AFTER: While a loss of upper cabinets makes people fear they are losing a lot of storage space, this renovation doubled the storage capacity. The two uppers on either side of the range house everyday dishes and glassware. Weihs is a big fan of deep lower cabinet drawers instead of shelves for storing items like pots and pans. The cabinetry includes a special spice drawer near the range, a knife drawer and a cookie sheet cabinet.
The edge of the new island lines up right around where the wall used to divide the hallway from the kitchen. Between the old wall’s and the hallway’s widths, the room became 40 inches wider, adding a total of 62 more square feet. The island is 9 feet, 3 inches by 40 inches.
Of course, when you eliminate the hallway, you don’t want what remains to feel like a hallway. The doors in the center are a new pantry, and the two sliding doors open to an office and the basement stairs. The area to the right is an espresso station. After all, Kenmore is a stone’s throw from Seattle, the epicenter of barista culture.
One small detail that makes a big difference is the decorative grate over the pantry, which camouflages an unsightly cold air return and opens for cleaning.
Microwave drawer: Thermador; steam oven: Miele; pendant lights: ET2 Lighting; pantry pullout shelves: Rev-A-Shelf; return grate (at top of pantry): Van Dyke’s Restorers; sliding doors: solid ribbon mahogany with frosted glass; door hardware: Barn Door Hardware
AFTER: Weihs punched through to the back of the coat closet and took over a few feet to create the espresso station. She also converted another hallway closet into a new pantry.
“I can’t stand it when the final result looks like a closet filled in with cabinets and shelves,” she says. “By having both of these stick out from the wall a bit and being mindful of the design, the pantry and espresso bar look more like furniture.”
One functional detail these cooks love is this butcher block on the island, close to the range. The quartz countertop is 1¼ inches thick, and the walnut block is 2 inches thick. The thickness gives the block a stronger presence and creates an interesting transition between the two very different materials.
White quartz, Seashell BQ400, PentalQuartz; dark quartz: Belgium Blue Satin BQ2102S, PentalQuartz; butcher block: Hardwood Lumber Company
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