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.
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!
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."
FEATURED IN BOSTON HOME KITCHENS 2015