The original kitchen in this former carriage house was tiny and barely functional. By "stealing" a few feet from the laundry room on one side and from the powder room on the other, a decent working area for two simultaneous cooks was achieved. The space was gutted and redone in a style selected to modernize yet complement the existing home.
A new seminar/meeting space was created from what had been once been a janitor's closet and workshop but had become a gathering space for broken furniture and other junk.
The original kitchen in this house needed updating but the most challenging factor was its awkward shape. Adding a few feet changed everything, allowing a large island and a table for six.
When the owners hired Walzer Architecture to design a screened porch in 2019, they were thinking about hiding from the mosquitos. Then came the pandemic shut-down of 2020 and they found themselves eating every meal and spending all their time with family and friends in this new space with great air circulation.
White quartz with a very subtle pattern was used for the countertops and backsplash.
The new glass entrance provides views to the building's interior courtyard.
Lots of white with a light oak island (and hood) and black accents.
No bugs but lots of fresh air!
The cabinetry surrounding the range is indigo on maple.
The furniture that was selected is flexible and can be arranged in many ways depending on the event. A tv/monitor can be used for presentations.
One of the owner's favorite views. Compare the openness to the similar "before" view (at the end of these photos).
Looking towards the living room windows in what once was the exterior wall. The siding was removed and replaced with wood paneling to match the exposed framing of the screened porch.
All of the kitchen windows are new but designed to look like they are original to the house. The owners are enjoying their new lively street view.
A floating shelf for refreshments.
Coffee stations are a popular amenity in renovated kitchens, Here, the drawers hold all the k-pods, etc.
The new french door (adjacent to the end of the counter) provides access to the patio and herb garden on the side of the house.
Artwork by a local artist was chosen.
Looking towards the seating area from behind the island.
To the left, a foyer-like area provides a transition between the inside and the outside. And a place for a basket of pool towels.
Creating the new entrance from the building's central interior courtyard was challenging. An accessible ramp was required. The large storefront type entrance door and windows are new.
Colorful artwork complements the otherwise neutral palette.
The shelf around the perimeter serves two purposes. It alerts people that there is a screen in the opening. It also holds drinks and hors d'oeuvres during parties!
The cabinetry forming the "L" has a white painted finish on maple. White quartz with a subtle grain was used for the countertop and backsplash.