richdale-kitchen from island end

A Train Runs By It

  • richdale-kitchen from island end
    Taking down both interior kitchen walls (yes one of them was structural) opened up the space to the rest of the floor and created a light and airy room.
  • richdale-b4 from livingroom
    The 1st-floor galley kitchen was cramped and divided from the rest of the dining/living space by a wall with an awkward pass-through.
  • richdale-from table
    The refrigerator moved across the room into a former closet (there's another large closet under the stairs). Originally the fridge was next to the stove in the galley kitchen leaving zero prep space between.
  • richdale-island reverse 3
    We chose an electric induction stove for safety and energy efficiency. There are also no combustion by-product fumes and no hot coil for a toddler to touch.
  • richdale-b4stove
    Crammed quarters with stove, fridge and sink on top of each other and virtually no work surface.
  • richdale-stove wall
    Plenty of storage space for pots, pans, dishes, spices, baking supplies and more--and lots of work space!
  • richdale-wall framing
    The building was constructed in a factory as modules which were later stacked together. Here you see a wall section between 2 of the modules. It made for some interesting demolition.
  • richdale-Beam
    The 2nd floor is supported by a temporary wall on either side of the old structural kitchen/dining wall. The wall is then taken down and a new "LVL" wood beam is placed in the ceiling. Like Magic!
  • richdale-door
    We replaced the existing doors with Maple doors to closely match the cabs. This added a cohesiveness to the entire room.
  • richdale-B4 doors
    The old raised panel doors. Also, notice the original floor tile.
  • richdale-tile
    We added oak where the old wall was and staggered the remaining tile into the new flooring. (The tile continues into the powder room, replacing it would have meant replacing that floor also.)
  • richdale-sink
    A deep farm sink adds to the craft-style of the kitchen.
  • richdale-wall tile
    The homeowner found this beautiful tile which worked well with the countertops. Our tile installer did a wonderful job installing and skillfully grouting the very thin and delicate tile. It's stunning!
  • richdale-from table 2
    More carefully considered storage. The island includes trash/recycling, compost, trays/cutting boards, oils & vinegars, and more.
  • richdale-b4back wall
    The back wall of the unit cried out for some clean and simple storage.
  • richdale-b-in all wall
    Our crew built the wall units as sections in our shop and then assembled and finished them on site. We went through several 3D CAD variations refining the design before cutting a piece of wood! The shelves are also adjustable.
  • richdale-baby train
    A commuter train line runs just behind the building and baby R. was always excited to see it go by, so we bought him a Brio train set!
  • richdale-shower
    We took out the old tub and added a large walk-in shower. The tile is a beautiful penny tile. The shower glass is a low iron (non-green) glass. Check out the "window" on the back wall that lets in light.
  • richdale-Fan
    We took down the old wobbly fan and installed this beautiful wood bladed Haiku fan made by the Big Ass Fan Co. Just the name alone makes it worth while!

We took a cramped, dark kitchen, removed walls to the hallway and dining/living room, and added abundant, carefully thought-out storage, prep space and finishes, lending a spacious feel to what is still a small space.