Two-Tone Kitchen has Massive Island and Home Office
Designed for extended members of the “CliqStudios family,” this was a very special project for everyone involved. This beautiful new space was created for the parents of CliqStudios 1st employee and resident “cabinet geek,” Dan Jones. He tells the story best:
After a winter & spring of construction Mom & Dad’s remodel is complete!
This process started a year ago when they promised to consider moving out of their 4-level split home. This process did not go too well, never mind the fact they did not visit or tour any other homes. I realized that the word “consider” has many meanings – especially for a couple of octogenarians that have had 62 years of marriage to conspire against their son!
Once the “considering” was complete the decision was made to stay in their long-time home. Lucky for us, Jane & Johnnie are in really great shape for 82 & 84! They love where they live and have unbelievably great neighbors – so let’s remodel!
The main floor of the original 1959 structure was completely gutted and several interior walls removed (including all the vintage 1959 cabinets). An area that had originally housed the kitchen, dining room, and living room in space is now one L-A-R-G-E kitchen. The kitchen is now completely open to the addition built in 1974, which of course they still refer to as the “new addition.”
The outer perimeter cabinets are CliqStudios shaker-style Dayton in Painted Linen. They’re loaded with plenty of storage for all of their pots, pans, spices, and mom’s cutting boards and platters. Their keep their ever-increasing collection of medicine organized and in one place, we tucked two small drawers under the microwave. They even have USB outlets for their iPhones (which they don’t use)!
Finished in a Cherry Russet stain, the kitchen island is almost 9-1/2′ long. It has a special seating area for dad, which he just needed to have next to the fridge. Mom enjoys her new small office nook, where she can finally get some work done. Between the perimeter cabinets, the island, and the peninsula bookcase, John and Jane went from having a meager 25 square feet of counters, to a kitchen with 125 square feet of counter tops!
Mom & Dad are so blessed to have good health and they needed it. Still, every decision about the design was made octogenarian ergonomic (sounds better than senior handicap accessible). The peninsula is specially raised up to a 42-inch “bar height,” so that mom doesn’t have to stoop over when cutting or prepping. With the exception of one cabinet, all the base cabinets have large drawers that extend all the way out when open. This makes it a lot easier to access everything inside while minimizing having to bend over and reach inside, like most traditional base cabinets with doors and shelves.
After all the dust settled, we could not be happier that Jane & Johnnie chose to stay in the home they built together in 1959, where they raised their family, and to stay in their neighborhood and city they have grown to love intensely.