1980'S KITCHEN REMODEL - PROJECT ALMOND LEAF
You never quite know what you’ll find with remodels and Project Almond Leaf, a 1980’s custom built home is no exception.
The whole objective of the design was to open up the space and make it more functional. Ideally we wanted to remove the wall between the kitchen and the staircase. This would enlarge the kitchen and provide greater visual connection to the dining room (which is on the other side of the stairs). However, the original plans showed a structural post in the wall that was carrying the load of the upstairs loft. So with that, we got extra creative and came up with a solution that wouldn’t interfere with the post. To see more about this project go here.
TALL DISPLAY CABINETS
Working with the structural post, we designed tall display cabinets on the second island as a place to hide the post in the back of the cabinet.
Bad news…once the space was demoed it became evident that there wasn’t just one structural post but instead there were four! In the early discussions with the structural engineer it was determined that we were going to need to adjust the tall cabinets in such a way to hide two of the posts. The header above the post could be hidden in the floor joist of the second story. The remaining two post could be removed by transferring the weight to another post near by.
Good news…it all sounded fine but in time the discussion broadened and the engineer presented ways in which the two remaining posts could be removed entirely by transferring the load to the stair wall.
As you can imagine, my head started spinning with the want to backtrack on the kitchen design since we no longer had to work around structural posts. We had come up with solution for dealing with them but why stick with the plan when we were no longer tied to any structural limitations?
REVISED KITCHEN PLAN
We set to work revamping the plan without undoing the entire design. These are the changes we made:
Eliminated the second island
Enlarged the main island
Moved the hood and range location to center on island
Relocated the pantry on the stair wall
Added another pendant above the island
BENEFITS OF REVISED KITCHEN PLAN
A much more refined space
Improved circulation and flow
Larger feature cabinets near hood
More seating at the island
Increased prep space
Enhanced visual connection to dining room
One thing that hasn’t changed with the new direction is the color pallet. We are mixing stain with paint grade with the custom cabinets.
KITCHEN PAINT & STAIN SCHEMATIC
Here’s an earlier color schematic we did before the floor plan revisions. With the new layout we had to modify some but over-all it will be similar.
THE TAKE AWAY
It’s hard to know for sure what you are going to find during demolition. Sometimes the unexpected causes havoc with the plans but sometimes we get lucky like we did here. Fortunately the clients for Project Almond Leaf were willing to slow things down and explore potential solutions.
When taking on a remodel project, do your best to prepare emotionally and financially for these kinds of discoveries. That way when, and if they arise, you can take the time to discover the best solutions possible.
FARM HOUSE DESIGN
If you’re a fan of farm house style, then this project is one to follow. It’s the real deal! A true farmhouse located amongst beautiful almond orchards in Northern California. Once the project is complete, every room in the house will either have been remodeled or made-over. Check back soon for more about this project.