Brady Lane Remodel AdditionMidcentury Kitchen, Austin
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Photo by Andrea Calo Knocking down walls and tall cabinets allowed the homeowner to see from the kitchen sink to the front door. Walnut laminate counters complement cedar walls and pebbled floors. Formica countertops bring in the popular midcentury orange color.
Like many midcentury kitchen renovations, this one included opening the kitchen up to the rest of the space, but the finishes still feel rooted in the era. A walnut laminate for the cabinets complements the Pebble Tec floors, and orange Formica countertops add color and a touch of period authenticity. Globe pendant lights and swivel barstools round out the retro glamour.Find an architect near you
AFTER: Webber started by knocking down walls and tall cabinets to open up the kitchen to the rest of the house. Now when Knight stands at the sink, she can see the front door of the house. “I’m constantly waving at the neighbors going by,” she says. When she stands at the stove at the new peninsula, she can look out to the backyard. New finishes have reinvigorated the kitchen. Walnut laminate cabinets contrast with and complement the cedar walls and the pebbled floors. Orange Formica countertops add color and a touch of period authenticity. (Knight coincidentally had orange laminate counters in her childhood home.) They also call attention to the kitchen as the great room’s focal point. Throughout the first floor, inside and out, Webber installed commercial-grade Pebble Tec floors as a warmer alternative to cost-effective concrete. “They’re really sturdy,” Knight says. “It’s like you get a foot massage every time you come to my house.”Photo by Andrea Calo