To help separate the kitchen and living room spaces, designers introduced a little bit of color to the kitchen design through the lower cabinets and kitchen island. This contrast creates a design separation while keeping the spaces open and physically connected.
This historic colonial home was spruced up with details that are respectful to the home's heritage while still giving it an updated quality. Inside, the same story is told through a classic, yet modern design that includes an open concept first floor as well as plenty of natural light and functional, stylish spaces.
In the kitchen, several wall cabinets and the refrigerator were moved to the opposite wall in order to create a smoother look. In its place, designers added a pair of doors to allow in plenty of natural light as well as direct access to the patio from the kitchen.
The home's front door opens into a neutral foyer. On one side, a staircase allows passage to the home's upper floors, while the other side is a clear path to the back patio. Several doors open off the hallway to allow access to other rooms on the first floor.
Black details, such as the stair rails and the floor to ceiling doors, add contrast and drama to the newly renovated Colonial home's design.
The addition to the back of the house puts a fun twist on the traditional colonial design. This space is constructed with tons of windows to allow natural light into the space, while also allowing the garden to become a part of the home's entertaining spaces.
To maintain the smooth, clean look of the kitchen, designers added wood panels in front of the refrigerator to conceal it while keeping it easily accessible. Its new position keeps it at arms length to the kitchen and the living room.
To maximize the functionality of this kitchen island, designers made space for seating on two of the three sides, creating a breakfast bar that seats six.
To separate the formal dining room from the kitchen, a set of custom mahogany doors were installed to give the spaces definition. However, the doors can be left open in order to make food transportation between spaces simpler.
Throughout the home's original living room and kitchen, heavy maple cabinetry with thick, floating crown moldings to match made the spaces feel old and outdated to the family, so designers modernized the spaces, giving both rooms a coat of white paint. Then, they gave the original cabinets a facelift, painting the lower kitchen cabinets black for contrast and giving the other cabinets a new white sheen. The cabinets were then rearranged to meet the design vision that created these beautiful, inviting, updated living space.
Designers used their own mix of Benjamin Moore's "Deep Forest Green" and black to contrast with the lacy white railings and brackets. This dark green color also allows the lower base of the house to fade into the trees, creating the illusion of a tree house.
To make the home site accessible, designers has a bridge built, creating a tree house illusion with the home nestled right into the treetops.
To give the living room a clean focal wall behind the fireplace, designers moved the bookshelves to the sides of the room out of the direct line of sight to the space. This helps to create the sleek, streamlined look the homeowners wanted in their updated space without sacrificing any functional storage or display space.
Part of the kitchen opens into a screen porch where the walls separating the spaces fold away during the summer months, inviting the screen porch into the main space.
The homeowners love the view from their space, so designers wanted to make sure it was visible throughout the construction, so they had windows installed behind the kitchen cabinets so that there were as few obstructions as possible.