This Austin project was probably one of my favorites to date because of the kitchen AND the clients. It is always such a pleasure when those two things come together so well. The clients had even already installed the beautiful brick floor for me to work with. The bones of the house are traditional, so we had to keep this in mind with our design plan. The clients wanted a fresh and modern look, but still warm and consistent with the rest of the house.
The kitchen before felt closed in and a little dark - the greenhouse window and fur down were not helping the cause. My clients had already settled on totally rebuilding the cabinets, fur down, and moving the fridge - I did not have to do any convincing! As always when remodeling, there were some constraints we had to work around with the structure and budget. We decided to eliminate cabinets over the new range entirely to make room for a statement hood and made up for the lost storage by taking all of the cabinets to the ceiling. We also cased the new window and removed the more traditional woodwork on the ceiling.
Here is a before and after (I apologize for the iPhone after, but don't worry there are high quality pictures below):
After testing out different counter materials in the space we settled on an absolute back honed granite with brushed brass hardware. My favorite spot in the kitchen is the fabulous fireclay sink with the faucet in champagne bronze. The backsplash is a painted white brick that we extended to the ceiling and around the window. With the fridge in its new spot it created a more usable counter space across from the sink rather than having it broken up into smaller unusable sections. This area can now do double duty as a buffet or bar for entertaining!