Wine Country Living Space

The rural location of this 1970’s ranch house provides spectacular views of the adjacent orchards. The original floor plan divided the kitchen, living and dining room while obstructing sightlines from the entry and formal living room.

The client wanted to update finishes and create a contemporary floor plan that would still incorporate his antique dining room furniture, brass chandelier and classic period lighting. He is also a talented ceramicist who has a multitude of pieces to display.
Our design solution was to create a galley kitchen that would eliminate the partition wall that divided the public spaces. The dividing wall was structural (of course!) so we concealed a new beam in the ceiling framing.

We used natural stone and wood throughout to draw the colors of the landscape into the project. Slate is used in multiple applications to unite the spaces.
Our client wanted to use an undercabinet refrigerator and freezer- we designed the pantry cabinet to accommodate a standard sized refrigerator for future occupants of the house.

Open floor plan with unobstructed views
Contemporary style that works with classic furniture and lighting
Adaptable kitchen design that works for one person or a busy family
Include a gas fireplace and a wood burning stove (it’s not uncommon to lose power in the winter)

Design challenges
Remove structural partition wall without compromising views
Install new oversized picture window without compromising building engineering
Display space for client’s ceramic collection
Design kitchen plan to accommodate future full sized refrigerator
Design new wood burning stove surround on existing footprint
Accommodate kitchen storage with no upper cabinets
Integrate antique dining room set, chandelier and period lighting into contemporary design

Design Solutions
Installed new structural beam in the ceiling between kitchen and living room
Engineered new window opening and reinforced existing wall structure
Open shelving in living room to display ceramics
36” pantry is designed to accommodate full sized refrigerator in the future, existing under cabinet appliances can be replaced with cabinets if needed.
New custom slate surround for wood burning stove
Full height wall cabinets in family room store extra kitchen necessities
Kitchen color scheme and lighting complement existing lighting and furniture

Special features
Gas fireplace surround and wood burning stove surround with quarried stone floating shelves
Under cabinet refrigerator and freezer
Low profile range hood doesn’t block the view
Low profile monorail lighting in kitchen
Quartz countertops
Reused existing cabinet hardware, sink and faucet.
Slate and glass tile backsplash integrates the fireplace surrounds with the kitchen design
New oak flooring throughout unites the floor plan

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