When you’re a homeowner with an interior design problem, there are few statements more discouraging than, “There’s not much you can do better.”
Take it from these homeowners in Historic Downtown Jersey City NJ, who met with several contractors to discuss their kitchen renovation. Time and again, they heard, “The layout isn’t great, but there’s not much you can do better.”
When the homeowners met with Houseplay, they had already resigned themselves to the idea that there wasn’t much more that they could do.
But with us they heard something different: “Let’s investigate improving the layout.” They were excited to explore new ideas, so our team came up with innovative solutions that the homeowners loved.
To be sure, their home’s only kitchen presented a design challenge. Too-deep cabinets meant that storage space was difficult to access. Plus, two large closets dominated either side of the room, and the dishwasher ate up valuable floor space in front of brick chimney. The room felt tight, cramped, and outdated.
Our team opened up the closed-off chimney area and tucked the dishwasher inside. That meant valuable breathing space in the center of the room, as well as an opportunity to restore the historic brick.
We also took out the pantry closet and laundry closet, which afforded a sense of spaciousness and a clear visual into the next room. We added some lovely Fabuwood Cabinetry (a Jersey City-based brand!), a wall-mounted radiator, and a European-style washer and dryer under the countertop too. A new garden window and French door connected the kitchen with the backyard the homeowners love.
The renovated room showcases the homeowners’ eclectic, cottage style furnishings and decor; now, it speaks to the personality of the historic house and the family who lives there.
Their willingness to let go of what was there before allowed us to open up the full potential of the space. Now, they love their new kitchen so much that sometimes they just gaze at it, reveling in the prospect of a brand new day.
Photo Credit: Anne Ruthmann Photography