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Roberts Historic Kitchen Remodel - Project Started!

March 21, 2017
Tagged: Design-Build

WILLCO’s latest design-build project is underway on the Roberts’ historic kitchen remodel. Paula and Robb have a beautiful 1930’s home in the Overlook neighborhood. They’ve done a wonderful job of maintaining much of the original art deco details within their home. It was important to them to update their kitchen with modern conveniences while still staying true to the character of the home.        

Before: Most of the counter space in the original kitchen was out of the way and difficult to make use of. An arched partition wall between the kitchen and nook limited their kitchen’s usable space. In the new kitchen, the original leaded glass door (on the right) has been salvaged and reworked into a new cabinet, and the wide pointed arches above the sink and in the small corner unit have been replicated.

Before: An iron furniture piece was being used in the nook for additional kitchen storage. At the range, an 8” sliver of cabinet provided the only usable counter space on that side of the kitchen.

Our team worked closely with the Roberts to identify a layout that would create additional counter space, maximize storage and functionality while staying within the footprint of the home. Their new kitchen captures additional space by removing a partition wall and blending the lines between the main kitchen and the breakfast nook. While designing the kitchen we identified areas that would further improve the functionality such as a key niche/charging station by the back entry, specialized spice storage, a banquette bench with additional storage, and a built in hutch to be used as a coffee station.

A rendered elevation of the new kitchen to help our clients envision their finish selections. The new kitchen layout includes more counter space next to the range and a large hutch to replace the furniture piece the Roberts’ had been using for appliance storage.

The fixture and finish selections were designed with the home’s art deco roots in mind. Subtle arches were incorporated into the tile and cabinet detailing to mimic the original cabinets and architecture. Gray and off white Marmoleum flooring in an angled checkerboard pattern was selected as an elevated homage to the original checkerboard linoleum.  Cabinet hardware and light fixtures add the art deco flare to the room, and a pop of color will be incorporated with handcrafted Celadon subway tiles.

WILLCO’s head of operations, lead carpenter, and construction estimator meet on site after initial demo to review progress.

We are excited to see this project continue to come together. Stay tuned for more updates on this beautiful kitchen remodel.


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