Featured Projects – Kitchen Open Floor Plan
The existing Kitchen was the original Kitchen that came with the house.
After twenty years our client had a long list of what was wrong with it. Besides needing a cosmetic upgrade the kitchen lacked storage, it had an island that wasn’t practical, it was separate from the living area and was dark. R. Craig Lord Construction utilized their Design Build process to explore several designs with the homeowner, resulting in a new layout and many improvements. The cooktop was moved off the island and was replaced by 48” range. The island became a true work area with seating for guests. The single window at the sink was replaced by a triple window to allow more light. Large pantries were added to increase the storage. New cabinets extending to the ceiling along with an appliance garage helped to declutter the space. Now, with a place for everything to be put away, the client has a showcase Kitchen at all times.
This stunning Kitchen is truly the heart of the home! With a new open layout and high-end style, our clients say their Kitchen is now the hub of entertaining. Custom white furniture style cabinets, a floor-to-ceiling pantry, and three-piece crown molding reflect the client’s sophisticated style. Light and bright from expanded windows and recessed lighting; yet, the contrasting center island, oak floors, and farmhouse sink provide a feeling of warmth and nostalgia. The open floor plan was achieved through structural changes including the relocation of entry ways into the Kitchen, a 13 foot opening to the Family Room, and pushing back a closet for an added serving area housing the wine cooler and additional cabinets.
The original Kitchen was separated from the rest of the house. A beam was added to increase the sight lines and create an open floor plan. For better flow, we relocated a doorway access from the mudroom to the kitchen. Also, a closet wall was pushed back to allow for more counter surface and cabinets. Water pipes and HVAC were also relocated. Interestingly it was a small request that challenged us the most. Our client did not want to see any outlets in her backsplash. In a kitchen we are required to install an outlet every four feet so we had to come up with something that our client liked and would pass inspection. Our solution was to integrate the electrical outlets under the cabinetry so that they are hidden from view.
The project resulted in a Kitchen with high-end design and functionality. Custom furniture style cabinetry, a floor to ceiling pantry, and three-piece crown molding throughout the room, provides a style of sophistication. From a larger Kitchen island to floor-to-ceiling cabinets, every inch of available space was maximized. Light cabinetry and recessed lighting brightens the room while a contrasting island and oak floor provides a feeling of warmth. A farmhouse sink gives a nod to the past while a state-of-the-art range and wine cooler provide today’s modern conveniences. Our clients are extremely pleased with their new open and bright Kitchen. They feel that the numerous details that were integrated into their space make it unique. They have already hosted several parties and are enjoying sharing their new Kitchen with family and friends.
A Beautiful and Practical Renovation
Everyone at Craig Lord is a consummate professional but I have to give special recognition to Gary, our lead carpenter who is one of the most capable people I’ve ever worked with. He goes above and beyond to keep the project moving along and his talent, knowledge and experience have resulted in a beautiful and practical renovation. He never forgets a single detail, his follow up is flawless and his suggestions are well thought out and are always spot on. Not many people can say a home renovation project was fun but he made it so! I look forward to working with him on our next project.I’d also like to recognize Sang for all his hard work and talent as a carpenter. It’s obvious he likes to do things the right way and he was a great asset to our project. Lastly, I’d like to recognize John whose enthusiasm and maturity are a testament to Craig Lord’s dedication to hiring the best.
— Donna and Matt B. – Moorestown, NJ
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