Lighter & Brighter Townhome Kitchen Expansion

It's amazing what happens when you take out a wall!

In the case of this kitchen, the only darker and more cramped culinary space would be the galley of a 20 ft. sloop—maybe. We normally expect the need for more storage space driving most kitchen remodels, right behind the desire for a fresh new look. However, in this case it was more about dealing with the cramped nature of the entire kitchen space itself that was the problem to be solved.

Design/Build Lead — Nadia Glynn

Project Manager — Noah Martin

Lead Carpenter — John Yoder

Photography — Alyssa Lee

BEFORE: We would have taken a wider shot, but well, that's pretty much it for the whole space.

All the improvements and homeowner goals in this kitchen remodel hung on (no pun intended) the removal of the wall separating the kitchen from the rest of the home. That design element literally opened up a whole host of opportunities, including an impressive 2nd floor view of the lower living area with fireplace and access to the outdoor patio.

AFTER: Two-tone cabinets and backsplash give this a very modern almost Scandinavian feel.

Designer Nadia Glynn Overiew.mp4

“Taking that wall down solved so many problems and brought in so much more natural light through the bank of transom picture windows,” explained design/build consultant Nadia Glynn, who worked closely with the homeowner, a lawyer, to modify the design in order to keep the project within budget.

"We decided to keep the overhead soffits, and resurfaced the perimeter cabinets instead of replacing them, which saved a lot," remembers Glynn. "Rebecca (the homeowner) really understood what collaboration was all about. She really was such a great partner."

AFTER: Removing the wall provided a clear sight line to the rest of the living room and outside world. Note custom walnut vent hood.

Designer Nadia Glynn—Homeowner a great partner.mp4

Comparison of existing kitchen with new layout

AFTER: Note new custom pantry cabinet with hidden microwave door next to refrigerator.

AFTER: New pantry cabinet with hidden microwave.

It’s not often that a vent hood presents a particular design obstacle. But like most remodels we do, there’s always something.

“I could tell she wasn’t going to settle for just any vent hood off the shelf. After a long look, she eventually found one that fit the style, but after she got it delivered we discovered it had a commercial grade CFM (cubit feet per minute) fan so high it would have sucked all the oxygen out of the room along with her cat,” recalls Glynn, jokingly.

Designer Nadia Glynn—Hood vent quest.mp4

So we decided to retrofit a residential vent at the right CFM with a hood made by one of our custom cabinetmakers. That also gave us the opportunity to match the vent hood to the walnut butcher-block countertop. She wanted a conversation piece and now she has one—probably the only one like it anywhere.”

AFTER: Reverse angle showing new desk and computer work station.

Although this project suffered some interruption during the initial months of the pandemic, we managed to get the job done and did so by meeting in person within the CDC guidelines. However, if you have concerns, please review our virtual consulting option.

SPECIAL NOTE: Homeowners photograph of her travels abroad frame computer work station perfectly.

                    • Island Countertop #1—Hand-crafted Walnut Butcher block countertop
                    • Island Countertop #2— Tier 3 Quartz
                    • Sink—Blanco American Precision Color/Finish: Metallic Gray
                    • Flooring—MANNINGTON Adura Max (WPC core)- Acacia Tigers Eye
                    • Range— LG Induction
                    • Island Paint— Silos Magnolia

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