Kitchen Renovation in Alexandria, VA
Our clients, who had recently relocated to the area, bought their home with the intent to fully remodel the interior. They had previously taken on a renovation project in another part of the country, and being familiar with the process, they were more interested in buying a home which could be designed to meet their needs, rather than purchasing an already renovated home. They asked us to gut the interior, and address some critical issues: Sagging floors, an old porch falling off the back of the building, and a stuffy old-fashioned layout and finish. The home was nearly 100 years old, and needed a lot of care and attention to bring back to life.
Design + Layout
We wanted to create a practical and spacious kitchen, and the best way to achieve that in this space was by stretching most of the pantry and cabinet storage along the back wall, and installing a center island, with extra storage, built in bookshelves, and a breakfast bar. We chose a symmetrical design for the range wall, with tall bookends on either side housing the built-in appliances and ample pantry space, and glass-fronted upper cabinets in the center for extra light and easy visibility. The kitchen opens completely into a living area, with the formal dining room easily accessible as well through an open arch.
Style + Finishes
The homeowners wanted a style which remained traditional, to pay homage to the house’s age, but strayed away from the rigid and unwelcoming. For the kitchen, this meant slender white shaker framed cabinets, soft white light, and a textured subway tile backsplash. We opted for a subtle brush of color in the understated blue of the island, which matched the blue tones throughout the rest of the house without drawing undue attention. Oak flooring all throughout the lower level anchors the design with warm earth tones, and the soft light and bright paint finishes in the kitchen create a comfortable atmosphere.