Cheryl Kees Clendenon at In Detail Interiors in Pensacola, Florida submitted this stunning kitchen makeover story. Restrictive walls and a tight budget were no match for In Detail as they converted this Bayou kitchen into something truly special for a young family.
Simple Style. Gracious Details.
This lovely home is situated on a small bayou with glorious views. The young homeowners requested a large open kitchen with adjacent dining to take in the expansive views of the water. Tremendous effort went into the custom stain on the spacious island to hit just the right shade of warmth with a slight green cast. Rifted oak, (yes oak!), was used on the island with simple detailing to accentuate the natural wood grain. All of the cabinetry was custom designed and fabricated.
The island is centered on a wall of cabinetry housing the range and a minimalistic white hood. White paint was selected to contrast with the darker floors and countertops. We used Caesarstone quartz Raven for a modern classic look on the countertop – with an unusual 2×12 size glass tile used on the backsplash in an offset pattern.
The sink selection was BLANCO SILGRANIT II which we specify frequently. For a young family, the sink needs to be durable and keep it’s look through dropped pans, knives and forks. BLANCO SILGRANIT II also allowed us to sacrifice nothing and stay within our budget.
The other wall of cabinetry is used primarily as a hutch area and ancillary serving area while the island and expansive range wall is used for day-to-day prep work. The door by the ovens and hutch area lead only to the service area for the laundry room and back door with a pantry adjacent on the opposite side. This simple kitchen lends itself to an earlier time of a simple style done with gracious details.
- Keep material selections and related costs to a “cost benefit” ratio of getting most bang for the buck
- Open floor plan good for entertaining and conducive to young family
- Simple styling but nice appointments
- Desired a “white” kitchen but did not want a country kitchen or too traditional
- Original floor plan had flanking walls where the pantry and hutch wall is located not deep enough for countertops and uneven with other side (we simply pulled the wall out more and created a small “hall” for the pantry doors to be recessed into)
- Working within a tight budget
- Getting the island to be PERFECT stain color
- Used a more modern countertop and backsplash selection to keep the
space from appearing too country
- Pulled out the pantry wall on right side to create a more attractive recessed view of doors and this also gave us more room for countertops
- CAREFULLY considered every decision for budget and only made sacrifices where it would not impact design
- Worked late nights on the stain…may not appear to be that tough but when you “see” it in your mind, you will know it when you hit it!
- Created a pullout pantry to act as a large and functional “filler” for the ovens to not be up against that wall. This allowed the ovens easier access as well as gave us a nice pullout pantry for every day staples
- Custom stained island crafted from Rifted oak
- Unusual size of glass tile for backsplash 2×12
- Drift glass inserts in hutch cabinets
- expansive windows to take in the view from kitchen even though technically a interior space
- Pull out pantry which is excellent use of 7 square feet!