K: Kozy Kitchens
When redesigning their mid century ranch, these Dennis homeowners knew that the kitchen would act as a homing beacon to family and guests alike. Not wanting to be restricted to the traditional ranch style, they partnered with SV Design, who have a Main Street Chatham office, to create a unique kitchen for their classic style home. What could’ve been a typical Cape Cod ranch has been transformed into an open concept oasis. With unexpected details and meticulous design, SV Design brought this 1960’s ranch into the 21st century.
Ranches are most recognizable by their low to the ground profile and long, horizontal lines and simple floor plans. When renovating this particular house, the homeowners goal was to have a ranch that doesn’t feel like a ranch. To achieve this, texture and dimension played a very large role in opening up the kitchen and surrounding rooms. While a vaulted cathedral ceiling is a surefire way to add height, the unexpected and unique details are what bring this renovated kitchen to the next level. SV Design and the homeowners worked closely with each other to physically connect and bring together the main social spaces of the home, all while renovating the most important room, the kitchen. Instead of the classic subway tile, the homeowners chose to go with a textured, wave patterned tile for the backsplash, a texture that is echoed throughout the kitchen, and is a subtle nod to the classic beach house style abundant on the Cape. The wave pattern pops up with the shiplap on the base of the kitchen island, two places that often utilize more basic patterns. Shiplap walls provide a beautiful, warm contrast to the tile backsplash, while simultaneously complementing the exposed wooden beams across the ceiling. Hanging light fixtures help add dimension and draw the eye up to admire the vaulted ceiling details. Even the light fixtures feature their own contrasting textures. The island pendant’s smooth stainless steel and a lightly bubbled glass globe, while the dining room pendant offers movement with capiz shells. The range hood above the stove is not only functional, but adds a more modern profile among the cabinetry and other appliances. These textures and patterns are echoed throughout the adjoining dining room and living room, creating a balanced, calming atmosphere in the three main rooms of the home.
When starting on the kitchen design, the homeowners knew custom cabinetry was a must. “The homeowners considered custom cabinetry from the start for aesthetics and functionality. With such a small area for the kitchen, they needed to maximize all the storage they could,” says Senior Project Manager Katelyn Manfredo, AIA. With custom cabinetry, not only can homeowners create the exact design they’d like, they can enjoy more storage too. Manfredo explains, “They knew with stock cabinetry you can lose a fair amount of inches with limited sizes and shapes. Designing with custom cabinetry allowed them to nab every inch with specialty shapes, such as an angled cabinet in the corner and coordinated accessories, like pullouts, dividers and inserts.” Stock cabinetry, while effective, lacks the diversity and character that comes with cabinets made to your exact kitchen needs and wants. When designing this kitchen, the homeowners entered the project with storage as a main goal. Where small Capes are concerned, storage is an issue for many homeowners, and there is nowhere more important than the kitchen for effective storage. Utilizing every nook and cranny, cabinets were installed above the refrigerator, at odd angles against the ceiling and in small slivers that would otherwise be wasted space. The large island serves double duty with storage and additional seating.
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