A classic 'retro kitchen' always reminds me of homemade apple pie but while I loved the retro authenticity, Jim and Carey were desperate for a practical and modern update, allowing them to both prep food for their growing gourmet food business and cook for everyday living.
The first things first; I pulled down the wall between the dining room and kitchen to create an open-concept plan. For family meals and preparation, I created a U-shaped kitchen next to the dining area with the sink on one side and an integrated cooktop on the opposite side. Now there's plenty of counter space under the window for whipping up great meals.
For food testing area, I wanted a furniture-style unit for the back wall - the end result being a unique unit with dark wood, leaded glass doors, and glass-tile mosaic backsplash. This addition created both the focal point from the dining room and a hardworking area with a second oven, stainless-steel countertop, and large sink.
The old eating area became the new super-efficient space for cooking for friends and family.
To give the kitchen a fresh, modern look that would blend with the rest of the house, I used traditional, recessed-panel cabinetry in white with sleek chrome handles and black quartz countertop. I added a random colored backsplash using the colors of the house. This makeover now does double duty with a flair!!!