#3 New Kitchen
(As featured in Décor & Style magazine, March 2003)
This kitchen is a great example of how small design changes can make a big difference in the functional use of existing spaces. The client was not satisfied with the three-year-old kitchen provided by an unimaginative builder, and worked with the Razvi Design as an interior consultant.
After listening to the client's needs, the Razvi transformed a land oak and white ceramic tile kitchen into a simple but aesthetically pleasing space, while addressing all of the functional problems. Once the redesigned space plan and interior elevations were finalized, the clients did much of the legwork and met with the designer intermittently to confirm and seek advice on their selections.
Some of the kitchen solutions included creating a more efficient work triangle with a creative solution for the cooktop vent, while preserving the existing wood floors. Upon the client's request, a unique garbage and recycling area was created. A television equipped with a pop-up mechanism allows for viewing from the family room and kitchen, and an expanded and reworked pantry now has direct access from the kitchen.
There is a place for everything, and everything is in its place. The phone, answering machine, toaster and can-opener are all hidden behind cabinetry, and the customized spice drawers would be any gourmet cook's delight.
A new breakfast bar was created and a pair of slim glass-paned doors now open into the dining room, resolving the problem created by a previously single-hinged door that blocked the ovens when open. Deep green granite counter-tops, natural maple shaker style doors, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a Thermador gas cook-top and a Blanco stainless steel sink complete the clean and simple look of this kitchen.