The house is a Florida home built in 1978 with lots of natural light. We are a family of two who love to entertain and cook.
The kitchen is small but will be used very frequently, so maximizing storage and counter space is a must. We also prefer materials that are easy to clean and maintain because we cook at home every day. The laundry room is separated from the kitchen by a sliding door, and it is a high traffic space that gives access to garage, outdoor area and a 1/2 bath.
Kitchen: we would like to close the side door and open it up to the dining room. We want some sort of bar-height island separating the kitchen from the dining space, with enough counter space to accommodate a breakfast bar (see a rough sketch in the pictures). We prefer to keep the current plumbing where it is to minimize demolition. The floor can be kept as well if it makes sense on your project. We want to raise the ceilings and install new lighting. If you can find room for a small wine cooler (12 to 18 bottles), that would be great!
Laundry room: We don't want it to look too much like a laundry room, because it’s a high traffic area of the house. We want to create as much storage as possible (pantry cabinets and shelves), a counter for folding clothes but also prepping food when we need more space. The doors need to stay where they are, and the window too, as we use it to hand food/drink to outside area (when grilling, for example).
Style preferences: We want the space to feel homey, bright and light, coherent with our Florida home. I’d describe our style as contemporary but not necessarily modern. Here's my houzz ideabook with some things we like: http://houzz.com/ideabooks/23598977
Color pallet: We prefer lighter tons on cabinets and beiges or light grays on the counters. As much as we love white, we would prefer to avoid it because it’s so hard to keep clean. Mixing colors or adding glass to the cabinets is also ok. For paint, backsplash, etc: aqua, turquoise or pastel tones of other colors. For accents: a contrasting, more vibrant color.
Please avoid: red-colored woods like cherry, stainless steel counters.
Please do: build cabinets up to the ceiling to maximize storage wherever possible, use natural stone on the counters.
List of materials: If you choose feature pieces that are required to bring your design to life, please provide product information. That would apply to unique sink, faucet, or light fixture for instance. A list of available stores is provided if you need references.
Project selection criteria will be design, functionality and feasibility. We want to bring your project to life!