Creating a Family Friendly Kitchen

The Kitchen is King and to the kitchen obsessed it’s considered the most coveted room in the house! A well-designed kitchen becomes the hub of the home and a brilliant way to bring family together.

The key to a successful kitchen begins with a great design. The formula is always the same. It begins by creating an ideal floor plan, a highly functional layout, quality surfaces and the design aesthetic specific to each client’s style.

The design inspiration for this kitchen project was to transform a dark, dated and very dingy kitchen into a bright, spacious and highly functional family friendly kitchen.

The original space was rather confined within four walls and my clients were eager to create a more open floor plan to provide more social interaction between the home chef (mom) and the 4 men in her life.

By removing walls and borrowing a few extra square feet from the adjacent laundry room we were able to incorporate a 48” refrigerator and range, extra storage, a central island, increased workspaces and banquette seating into this modestly sized kitchen.

This project was designed to provide both high function and high style while optimizing the influx of natural light from the enlarged kitchen windows. We maximized the space and created an open floor plan that improved traffic flow between the adjacent rooms. The custom cabinetry, stainless hood, shelves and backsplash and the Rohl Modern Architectural Faucet give this rather traditional white kitchen a more modern design sensibility.

Lori Gilder is an award-winning Architectural Interior Designer known for her clean, architectural lines and comfortable California Modern style. She is also the co-founder of the Kitchen Design Network.

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