With today’s multi-functional workspaces, peninsulas seem better suited to bodies of water than to kitchens. An invention largely of the 1970’s, peninsulas are great for smaller, simpler floor plans, but they can trap workflow and create dead-ends, especially when expansion is needed for counter space and storage.
In this particular case, our client also tired of the dated dark oak at every turn. This goes under the heading of “The 80’s called and they want their cabinets back.” So we returned them—to the dumpster—and redesigned the kitchen completely.
Photography — Alyssa Lee
- Backsplash: Arvinfova grey porcelain mosaic.
- Countertops Cambria: Ella
- Kohler: K3821-4-NA SS sink
- Faucet: Grohe G30211DC0
- Custom kitchen Cabinets: Mission with beveled inside profile, square outside profile
- Flooring: Luxury vinyl plank Gravity “Rocky”
- Paint: Hirshfields “Deep lagoon #68
“They really wanted an open concept, something that would lighten the kitchen but also give the cook in the family more prep space while gaining some additional storage,” explained Murphy Bros. design/build consult Nadia Glynn.
Although a small kitchen to begin with, Nadia’s design removed the peninsula and cabinets, which allowed enough room for a dual-purpose island. “As long as you’ve got between 36 and 40 inches or so surrounding the island, you can do an island and still keep the workflow open and free.”
Forty years ago it might have made sense to put a desk in the kitchen. Maybe. Probably not. It was most likely aspirational. As in if only my child would study under my watchful eye, at my feet, while I invented new exotic dishes in my kitchen. Instead what most of us got was a junk desk and drawer (our client being the exception to the rule as far as we know).
“There is a trend away from the white kitchen underway,” explains Glynn. “So, I really liked the idea that our client wanted a pop of color in the design, which we added to the lower cabinets and island.Now she’s got plenty of prep room, storage and some open shelving for seasonal display items.
"During the morning hours this kitchen just glows with sunlight. I love it!" — Homeowner.
“We did discover a little challenge right away at demolition,” recalls Glynn. "While we had checked the soffits for mechanical runs initially, and failed to find any, we did discover some in other parts of the kitchen. It was a little bit of an ‘oh something’ moment. But we quickly recalculated as needed and managed to redesign the cabinets with matching faux panels to hide the soffits and the mechanicals," points out Glynn.