June 13, 2017 - Comments Off on Before & After: Airy and Modern Kitchen Renovation
Today we're sharing before & after photos from the kitchen renovation in Shauna's last home, a 4 level back split. Initially chopped up and cramped feeling, a total overhaul of this space was the only option! The results? An airy and open kitchen and dining space with a heavy dose of soothing whites and greys. We're chatting more about the dining room area in the weeks to come, but for now here's the low down on what was gutted from the original space (basically, ev-ry-thang). Looking for help with kitchen renovation decisions of your own? We're sharing what choices to make for that modern, airy look also known as #kitchengoals
Check out the gallery of before images, and don't you dare stop scrolling because they're a little scary! We promise there's a ton of pretty that follows, below.
Before Gallery: Back Split Kitchen Renovation
Crazy right? And now, the afters!
Isn't that a much better view than the blank wall from before? After consulting with cabinet companies, it becomes clear that in order to accommodate the fridge, the initial "island" plan needs to be a peninsula. For a seamless and intentional feeling design, floor to ceiling cupboards are installed on the backside of the fridge. You can see them to the left of the stools above. These cabinets serve as a focal point of the dining room, displaying china that's visible through the glass fronts, and hiding alcohol and larger serving pieces in the cabinets below. Although the initial kitchen renovation plans involve a stand alone island, it's clear that a peninsula makes better use of the space. It is so important to always be open to changes when tackling a remodel of your own! Or at least that's what contractors/husbands/dads/concerned friends and family will tell you 😉
Design is in the details right? The kitchen renovation could not feel complete without those finishing touches! Simple glass, silver, and mirrored details like the napkin rings and candle above add extra sparkle and light to what was once a closed in and dark space. These tiny details seem insignificant at first but they echo the larger design decisions like chrome finishes and marble backsplash. This repetition ties the entire space together and makes the design feel complete.
What used to be a narrow and frightening scene from the front door (red walls, multi coloured backsplash) is now bright and welcoming post kitchen renovation. White cupboards are definitely a key factor to achieving that airy, modern feel. The clean lines of the shaker cabinets and accompanying chrome hardware are unmistakably current, and the marble hexagon backsplash brings a hint of traditional design.
Although the space definitely feels bigger, the original square footage remains the same. For that reason, these space saving stools are the perfect seating choice. The metal is easy to wipe down and keep clean even though they're white, and they can be neatly tucked out of the way when not in use.
Space saving is a huge factor in this kitchen renovation, so the original eating nook receives some special attention. Bench seating gets drywalled in and is finished off with some trim and custom cushions in a coordinating grey fabric. This tiny corner now seats even more people than before, but it feels larger and more easily accessible. Whenever there's an opportunity to add some built in seating, we say take it! It's always a cleaner finish that gives you more space, and who on earth doesn't want that?
It's hard to picture the previous closed off living room and kitchen, because now the entire main floor of this back split is made for entertaining with ease. A bright white kitchen with a cozy coffee and breakfast nook, easily accessible from an adjoining dining room. More of that space in the weeks to come, or you can peek it in our gallery here. In the meantime, we'd love to hear what you feel is the hardest decision when it comes to kitchen renovations. Is it layout, lighting, hardware? Spill your struggles below - it's like renovation therapy 😉
After photos by Manifesto Photography.