Morningside - ContemporaryTransitional Kitchen, Atlanta
Photos by Jeff Herr Photography
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Photos by Jeff Herr PhotographyKitchen at a GlanceWho lives here: A couple who own restaurants and have a son in collegeLocation: AtlantaSize: Existing kitchen was 180 square feet (16.7 square meters); after renovation it’s 255 square feet (23.7 square meters)Designer: Jaime Dupes of Renewal Design-BuildThe backstory: “With a son moving out to go to college, the homeowners wanted to be able to entertain more and felt the current first floor was not ‘public’ enough for that,” designer Jaime Dupes says. They wanted to open up the main public areas on that floor and lighten up their dark kitchen. “As culinary aficionados in the restaurant business, they wanted a kitchen that worked like a commercial kitchen but had the warmth and human touch worthy of a family home,” Dupes says. This included more counter space, a suitable butcher-block prep area, more storage and casual seating. Scope of the work: The renovation included a rear addition of about 100 square feet. This enabled the family room to be further opened up to the kitchen, letting in more light. The living room and dining room were also opened to each other, and all of the floors were refinished.
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3. Function vs. Aesthetics Ideally a kitchen redesign brings both beauty and function, but when we are dealing with limited funds, trade-offs between functionality and aesthetics may be necessary. By function, I mean not only the kinds of bells and whistles you get with high-end appliances, but also the kitchen’s layout and the choice of whether to have one sink or two. Aesthetics, of course, are the expensive but gorgeous finishes and customized detailing that bring a high-end look to a kitchen. Quite often, a budget may force you to make choices on what matters most to you — the functionality or the look. This area of trade-off is deeply personal and has a lot to do with your lifestyle. When weighing aesthetics vs. function, you’ll want to consider everything I mentioned before: how many people you cook for daily, how often you entertain, the kind of entertaining you do (backyard barbecues vs. sit-down dinners), the style of cooking you prefer and how many people work in the kitchen at one time. For example, a client who doesn’t do a lot of cooking and is more concerned with the kitchen’s look than its function might really want a beautiful built-in fridge with custom panels but be willing to use a less expensive range or counter material to have that pricey, beautiful fridge. On the other hand, I have had several clients (including the owners of the kitchen in this photo) who chose a free-standing fridge and put their budget into the plumbing and construction work required to add a second sink. To me, this is a significant functional improvement and, for those who enjoy cooking and entertaining, worth scaling back on some of the aesthetic details. There are many ways you can cut back on aesthetics to create room in your budget for what’s important to you functionally. You might consider a simpler, less expensive door style on the cabinets, or a ceramic backsplash tile instead of glass, or quartz counters instead of granite. I even had one client use a very inexpensive laminate counter so that she could put more money into the remodel work necessary to get the layout just right. Since she was in her forever home, she replaced the laminate with a beautiful stone two years later when finances allowed.