Another set of windowed cupboards, this one next to the refrigerator, joins the first set in adding interest, displaying the homeowners’ china and crystal pieces, and creating places for the eye to pause within the long run of white cabinetry. In addition, Brahaney notes, “the glass doors create a lot more openness.”
Adding openness is a wide doorway between the kitchen and a sitting room. Formerly a narrow, closed door flanked by two full walls of cabinets, the passage was widened to establish a sense of connection between the two rooms.
Brahaney says a renovation of this type — rearranging an existing space — can be tricky. “It was not initially clear to us how the house was constructed. The original design was tightly woven together. We had to do a lot of exploratory opening of ceilings, posts and walls to understand the existing structure. Once we understood the structure, we pulled in our engineer to give advice on what we had to do to open up the space and make sure the building was structurally sound.”
Complications aside, the homeowners are thrilled with the finished space, Brahaney says. “The clients really like the stronger connection between the work area and the breakfast area, and they’re happy with the island that allows everyone to gather in the kitchen.”