FROM DARK AND GLOOMY TO OPEN AND AIRY


A DARK AND GLOOMY PAST

When KR+H's Paul Reidt first met with this Newton homeowner to discuss her project, he was introduced to the family's dark and gloomy kitchen. The family wanted to use the eating area in the kitchen, yet nobody would ever go there. As well, the kitchen's working parts were too far away from each other to be efficient - there was no focus to the preparation area.

 

NOW OPEN, LIGHT AND AIRY

Five key design elements helped give this family a kitchen that is both functional and welcoming.

1. LIGHT: Two walls were transformed into expansive areas of windows, filling the room with natural light and uniting the kitchen with the outdoors, which includes the adjacent terrace and pool that serves as the well-loved "family room" in summer.

A once dark and gloomy eating area is now full of light, letting in nature. It's a step away from the family's outdoor terrace and pool area.

2. PANTRY: A walk-in Pantry was added by borrowing space from an adjacent room. Walk-in pantries are not only efficient, but also allow you to open up wall space for things besides wall cabinets...like lots of beautiful windows!

The walk-in pantry is user friendly. It allowed the wall space in the kitchen to be used for lots of windows.

3. GLASS SHELVING: Glass shelves were hung, offering an open space for pottery and glasses while still allowing light to enter. 

4. MOROCCAN TILES: Moroccan tiles with a textured finish cover wall surfaces. Their soft-white, reflective glaze plays with the room's light.

5. SIMPLE SURFACES: The faces of the cabinets Paul designed and KR+H craftspeople made were simple in design. This was in tune with the homeowner's desire for openness. As Paul notes, "Even without changing the dimensions of a kitchen, emphasizing simple surfaces increases openness."

This close-up image shows the glass shelving that hangs over both windows and walls, the Moroccan tiles, and the simple cabinet surfaces.

KR+H's floor plan of the kitchen

FEATURED IN BOSTON HOME KITCHENS 2015

Thank you Boston Home magazine!

Photography: Jane Messinger / Kitchen and Lighting Plan Design: KR+H's Paul Reidt / Interior Designer: Lindsay Bentis / Builder: S. J. Overstreet Construction