After 13 years of a growing family the needs and wants of homeowners tend to change. All you need is a reason to do something about it. In this case it was a leaky dishwasher. Unfortunately the hardwood floors were damaged by the water. What started as a discussion about new floors soon become a kitchen renovation that would affect the entire main floor. The owners felt like the dining/living room was underutilized and wanted to make better use of that space. They had always enjoyed cooking together, but felt that their kitchen couldn’t accommodate two chefs. With the help of Cindy at Purple Turtle Design they were able to design something truly remarkable. They will finally be able to have the kitchen of their dreams.
Removing the load-bearing wall between the kitchen and the dining/living room will open up the main floor and let the natural light spread throughout the home. The kitchen can then be extended into space that was scarcely used. The cabinetry and appliances will extend along the wall and a new elongated island will be build right across where the wall currently divides the two rooms. The island alone will double the amount of counter space. The owners will be able to prepare and cook all kinds of recipes together with nothing holding them back.
Another setback of the current floorplan is a lack of seating for guests. What good is being able to cook if there is no one to share it with? The owners have always wanted to be able to entertain and have guests. Removing the half-wall between the kitchen and TV room will allow for larger furniture and the new kitchen island will have room for 5 bar-stools. Guests will also be able to move freely throughout the entire floor. Imagine the parties and family gatherings!
The owners were drawn to dark kitchen designs but wanted to maintain some of the light wood throughout the home. To tie everything together the main level floors will be redone with a hand-scraped natural walnut hardwood.The kitchen will continue with darker cabinetry, contrasted by lighter selections for the granite countertops and a natural stone backsplash. The result will be a true masterpiece.
The owners have a kitchen table that they have kept since their childhood. The surface has been refinished, but everything else is original. The table has become a legacy that has been well maintained and will be kept in the family throughout the generations. With its heirloom status this table must be kept as part of the kitchen. This part of the dream brings more meaning into the renovations. Imagine what new memories will be made for this family here in their new kitchen.
This beautiful Royal Oak home was purchased as a spec home 13 years ago by our clients for their young and growing family. As time passed they were able to make some improvements, including a fully developed basement and a new deck with a hot tub. The original design was maintained throughout the main and second floors. We will be renovating the main floor which is made up of a kitchen, TV room, and a dining/living room. Part of the excitement comes from looking at the original design and imagining all the possibilities.
The current kitchen design contrasts light wood finishes with dark granite and appliances. The morning sun comes through the window to illuminate the room and accentuate the natural wood grain in the cabinetry and floors. A square island sits in the middle of the kitchen providing extra counter space and storage. The kitchen is separated from the dining/living room by a wall with an arched opening, and partially separated from the TV room by a half-wall and column.
A central element of the original design was white columns and curved archway features throughout the home. These are best seen from the dining/living area. Since this space is separated from the rest of the main floor it was often used as storage for hockey and other equipment.
This room also has a column which serves to disguise a support post. The half-wall provides some openness while still separating the two rooms. The wall also serves to create a more natural look for the column. The main feature of the TV room is a gas-burning fireplace finished with ceramic tile. The fireplace is framed by white columns and a mantle to match the white millwork.
From the entrance to the kitchen they have natural hardwood maple flooring. In the middle of the kitchen there is a mysterious piece that is noticeably darker than everything else. The mystery of the dark piece is supported by the fact that no one knows why it was placed there. The hardwood transitions smoothly to carpet in the dining/living room and the TV room.
There is a lot of potential for this home. Think about how you would renovate the main floor and stay tuned to see how it turns out!