The owners of this North Richland Hills home have lived in the same house for many years. Though the family enjoyed the home, the wife found the previous kitchen difficult to cook and bake in, with limited counter space and less-than adequate cooking appliances. The homeowners craved an updated kitchen design, boasting a casual rustic feel. They requested natural elements with simple lines that work well with their cherry furniture and flooring.
During the remodel, we focused on elements accommodating their special needs daughter, who is very independent, yet is almost completely blind and deaf. All chosen products and materials provide the ability for her to operate self-sufficiently. Undercabinet lighting plus a honed countertop work well for her limited sight and offer a beauty that coordinates with the rest of the natural elements.
Details About the Design:
We kept the same bones of the room as we gutted the kitchen and removed the small crowded pantry. To accomplish the homeowner’s request for a “rustic feel”, custom Knotty Alder cabinets showcase the kitchen. The new cabinets feature two different stains: a medium brown on the cabinet perimeter and a dark grey with a hazy glaze on the island, sink cabinet and entertainment center — located in the family room. The new island features beadboard sides, a microwave drawer and plenty of prep space.
Decorative feet adorn the sink cabinet which extends beyond the standard cabinet depth, working as a piece of furniture around the single basin apron sink. A matching wood panel disguises the dishwasher, allowing it to blend in with the cabinets. Individual requests to this rustic farmhouse turned modern include: pull-out veggie bins, open lantern style lighting and glass cabinet knobs.
Natural elements feature oblong slate flooring and stacked stone for the backsplash. The tall range wall serves as a focal point with the backsplash extending to the ceiling, providing height to the room. The updated appliances in this kitchen now satisfy the chef’s cooking desires and the family’s palette. A high-end 36” six-burner Thermador range and vent hood allow for greater creative cooking for the family.
New energy efficient windows with a prairie style grid pattern continue the farmhouse look in the kitchen and breakfast rooms, providing natural light, coordinating with the kitchen design.