Professional Photography by Terry Mahanna, Mphoto7
The major kitchen remodel of this 30+ year old beautiful home, included retrofitting and installing a tray ceiling of recessed lighting and removing two walls to open up the dark, cavernous space. The desired a Traditional Kitchen with a “Keeping Room” instead of a kitchen nook. The new light color palette creates an arid, open, yet warm aesthetic accented by a timeless light glass backsplash, crystal chandelier, and crystal pendant lights. Lighting was key to create a space with functional lighting, as well as, ambient and accent lighting. The removal of the west and east walls produced a dramatic solution creating an arid feeling on the entire first floor. Moreover, two large cut-a-aways in the walls allow light to flood the kitchen and foyer while creating additional sight lines.
Obstacles overcame: 1) Extreme poor natural light making the kitchen and home feel enclosed; and 2) Installation of tray ceiling giving the illusion of height despite low-hung load-bearing structural beams.