For these home owners, making the most of their square footage was high on the list of priorities. This translated into renovations with the biggest impact; a.k.a. kitchen and bathrooms. Enlisting the help of interior designer Sarah Scales, they transformed their older home into a bright, modern space that feels much larger than its city-like footprint. Take the full tour photographed by Jessica Delaney right here.
Renovating in an older home can be tricky, especially when working on a house with a small city-like footprint. Square footage was tight, and the structure was old. For the Rowe Street project, an original kitchen and dining room were combined to create a modern living space for a family of four.
The homeowners wanted to keep the windows intact, and designed around their existing locations. The sink was placed in front of one window – it’s all about the view when doing the dishes. The range and hood are centered between two windows, architectural symmetry that creates a powerful elevation.
A tall pantry was included at the end of the cabinet run and gives plenty of storage for dry food. A small run of cabinets with a beverage refrigerator complete the space. Natural woven shades, personal artwork, and a fun area rug add warmth.
The perimeter of the kitchen more than doubled the counter space and houses all of the major appliances. A central island is anchored by two glass pendants – from Pottery Barn – and has proven to be the busiest space in the house.
The young family wanted to invest in certain aspects of the project, and save elsewhere. A big save was the kitchen table and chairs. Two young boys make for a messy dining space, and the furniture needed to be both affordable and durable.
If the kids destroy the furniture…no big deal. This Ikea table was coated with a marine-grade epoxy paint and can pretty much handle anything. The chairs offer more than just a nod to mid-century, the plastic is a breeze for cleaning.
The bathrooms are a major update. The family had previously shared one full bathroom.
The kids bath has a new blue penny tile floor. An updated shower and new vanity create a fresh, clean bath. Matouk linens and simple artwork from Minted add that personal and soft touch to each bath.
A new master suite includes an oversized walk-in shower. The dark grey vanity connects to the grey island from the kitchen, and is capped with a Carrera marble.