A Greenwich backcountry estate gets a luxury kitchen, pantry and family room renovation from head to toe. As an avid cook and a mother of three young boys our client had a laundry list of items that needed to be checked off for the new design. But with this project, she wasn’t the only one who had a list. In the majority of my projects, the husbands rarely get involved and they typically don’t ask for much. This project was different. It began because of the husband.
He wanted a kitchen that didn’t smell every time his wife cooked, which was pretty much a daily thing. Since moving into the house about10 years ago he didn’t think it actually ever functioned properly and that it was just a noise-maker. All he really wanted was a kitchen that didn’t smell and a vent that didn’t sound like a jet engine taking off inside your house.
We’ll discuss proper ventilation at length in another post because it’s really important. So, my client’s husband threw down the gauntlet and said…
“I don’t care what you do to the kitchen, or what it looks like, but you have to figure out how to get it ventilated properly. It has to work well, and it has to be quiet”
As large as this kitchen was, we had some constraints for the new design like lack of natural light, the width of the kitchen and the room was land locked between rooms that could not be changed. Well at least not without enormous expense.
This client anticipated selling the house in the near future ( update- house sold and the realtor said the kitchen was a big selling point) so there was a limit to what they wanted to invest in the overall project. But since kitchens tend to be a driving force of a home sale, we felt confident in the quality and cost of the project.
After many design concepts and stealthy investigative work on the part of my favorite local contractor, our design dilemma was diverted. He found a pathway to get the vent out, albeit a lot of work but I knew we could make my new design work.
We design state-of-the-art, culinary kitchens with the whole family in mind, but we also like to make sure the space is adaptable for multi-use, multi- person daily activities as well as holiday and entertaining considerations.
If you love this kitchen and think that the layout might work for your kitchen, email me for a consultation [email protected]