I've started a new project this month that I am excited about because I know the finished design is going to be so much better then the original. It has actually been quite challenging so far but like I mentioned on Friday, I do like to be challenged.
The project is a 1980's townhouse that is need of some updating. We are focusing on two rooms that will have multiple functions. The first room is the kitchen which is actually chopped up into three areas, kitchen, laundry and breakfast area. the client would like to omit the breakfast area and use this space towards a bigger kitchen. Since we are dealing with a townhouse that has limited storage and space, the laundry area needs to stay within the kitchen.
On top of all the normal kitchen amenities (sink, refrigerator, dishwasher, range and as much cabinet storage as possible), I need to incorporate a window seat, an island with stool space that has a dog cubby, a place for wine storage, message center, spot for a fish tank and special spots for my client's pottery.
The kitchen itself is not that big, so getting everything on the wish list means I have to get creative.
Pretty much utilize every possible location like the refrigerator panels functioning as a enormous spice cabinet. Adding an appliance garage that goes down to the counter so that there is not a dedicated cabinet for the microwave which allows the client to utilize the whole cabinet for small appliances.
The laundry area is a closet in the kitchen but it's currently a stackable unit with wire shelves. We are removing the wire shelves and having our cabinet maker install some custom shelves with baskets and drawers for better organization. The ceiling in the closet is low so adding a light fixture is kind of out of the question. I am thinking the idea of under cabinet lighting similar to what you see in the inspirational picture above will work really well in this space.
The second room we are working on is the entry. Currently she has a closet under the stairs that has a single door and it is impossible to get in the closet to retrieve items from the sloped area. We will be adding custom cabinetry to the underside of the stairs that will house coats, shoes, hats, cleaning supplies and some paint cans that would normally go in a shed or garage but again, this is a townhouse (with no garage)...so we need to be creative. We will also be giving her staircase a face lift by removing the carpeted stairs, adding paneling on the wall leading upstairs and updating her railings.
It will be fun to see these two spaces transform but it also means a lot of work ahead but it will be so worth the wait when it's all finished.
you can find all these pictures and more on my pinterest board here.