As I shared with you here, a client’s home renovation resulted in not only an amazing Kitchen and but also a newly created Butler’s Pantry.
This new space, connecting the Kitchen to the Dining, is a sophisticated work horse created with entertaining and ease in mind. It made quite the transformation from when our client emailed us for help with their home.
With the help of architect Jason Robb, we straightened out the wall in the kitchen and took the old office space (see the door to the left in the before picture) to create the new Butler’s Pantry. A hallway was cut short across from it for the new office.
For design consistency, we used materials that blended the Butler’s Pantry to the adjoining Kitchen. A marble backsplash and countertops create the perfect prep station—useful for food prep, drink mixing or staging a buffet.
Cream-colored cabinetry creates a quiet backdrop for more dramatic finishes. Brass knobs, pulls, fixtures, and lighting add warmth and high impact with finishes that will age beautifully over time.
Keep in mind, that, as a transitional space, a Butler’s Pantry can also be the perfect space for art.
Often visible from both the kitchen and dining room, a pantry wall can double as a gallery. Displaying photography, paintings or drawings is a wonderful way to add layers and visual interest to a walk-through space.
Storage is also important. We added elegant open shelving—unlacquered brass frames with simple quartersawn white oak shelves—to display our client’s pretty collection of glassware.
Two refrigerator drawers and a wine refrigerator allow for easy access to cold drinks and anything needed for entertaining.
Highly functional and polished, this pantry acts as the perfect transitional while delivering a big design punch.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing this Before and After of our client’s newly created Butler’s Pantry. If we can help you with your home, be sure to reach out to us here.
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We love when a client emails us for help with a home renovation, and with all of the time we’re spending in our houses these days, this particular before and after kitchen makeover for our clients in Birmingham, AL, happened just in the nick of time.
The tired kitchen needed not only updated finishes and details but to function better for this active family.
Rework The Existing Space
There was a lot of wasted space in hallways and angled walls, so squaring off walls and moving others around was a must for more livable space. Jason Robb did a great job drawing the plans.
We reclaimed square footage from hallways and created a walk-in office and a butler’s pantry that now connects the kitchen and dining room.
Stayed tuned on a future before and after post on the butler’s pantry- you won’t want to miss it.
Quite the before and after kitchen makeover, right?
Create A Timeless, Functional Kitchen
To create a more timeless space that didn’t feel dark and heavy, we removed the dark painted cabinets and replaced them with quartersawn white oak ones. They now feel more like furniture than built-ins.
A custom wax finish enhances the elegance of the wood and reflects the light beautifully.
Everyday appliances are cloistered behind paneled fronts to create a seamless yet functional space. The La Cornue range is like the perfect accessory to a little black dress.
The large center island was also replaced and given a more elegant, furniture-like design with quartersawn oak legs and fluted details. The main sink was relocated to it and a prep sink installed under the window.
This is a great #entertainingtip so the island can be used as a serving area while prep is out of the way.
Customize The Details Throughout
Unlacquered brass accents are found throughout in the faucets, pot filler, island lanterns and on the black La Cornue range and hood. Tile floors were replaced with light blond oak to complete the light, airy palette.
The finishing touch is a large-scale, honeycomb coffered ceiling. It is an interesting detail that catches your eye but doesn’t distract from the timeless quality of the kitchen.
Adjacent to the kitchen, we incorporated a breakfast area with a custom banquette that looks like a sofa. It’s perfect for family meals or morning coffee.
I hope you like the before and after of this home renovation and kitchen makeover as much as we enjoyed working on it. If we can help transform your home into one you love, email us here. We would love to discuss your project with you.
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Whether you have a house full of children or are transitioning into empty nesting, the kitchen is the heart of your home. Creating a timeless space that works well for any season of life is always our goal.
We recently completed a stunning renovation that included not only the client’s kitchen but several of their living spaces. I talked about this home here as our first priority was to make sure this home was highly functional for this family.
As their home transformed, it was evident the kitchen didn’t match the timeless beauty we created throughout. It was time to pull the kitchen into the same playing field as the rest of the home.
We were strategic with how we saw this home transforming. It is an investment to renovate a kitchen, so we made sure the design will last for many years.
Here are a few tips to create a custom, timeless kitchen:
Select Classic Appliances
When discussing and selecting the appliances for this project, we knew the range and hood would be the crown jewels of the space.
Specifying La Cornue was our first decision once the drawings were complete. This company has been around for over 100 years and they are known for their quality.
The matte black finish and brushed brass details are also a nod to many touches around the home. It is truly a showstopper.
Buy the Best Cabinetry Your Budget Allows
You get what you pay for with most things in life, and cabinetry falls into this category. Quality lasts, so buy the best you can afford.
Select Natural Finishes
Natural finishes like marble and limestone add warmth to a space while also softening other materials such as wood and wrought iron.
They also offer character that stands the test of time.
Whether it is hiding appliances behind cabinet panels or hiding rooms like we did behind these doors, be strategic with how the kitchen space lays out and works for you.
While creating a gorgeous kitchen is a common goal on all projects, it also needs to work for each of our clients. Keeping things hidden and out of sight is a great way to preserve the beauty of the space without sacrificing function.
Custom waxed white oak cabinetry control the clutter – coffee station, microwave, toaster oven, and the likes all are tucked away behind closed doors, allowing the finishes and lighting to shine.
Hand forged, well made plumbing fixtures are like jewelry to an outfit. It may cost a little more on the front end but quality lasts.
Stay Away From Trends
If you want your investment in your kitchen to last, stay away from excessively trendy things. The design will more than likely stand the test of time.
If you have a kitchen or renovation project you need help turning into a classic, timeless design, feel free to reach out to us here. We’d love to discuss with you.
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