Oh, and that soffit above the upper cabinets sporting that busy wallpaper only encourages the walls to feel like they’re closing in.
So our plan?
This was a whole house renovation, but so that I don’t overload you with too much information, here’s what our plan for just the kitchen was:
1. Remove the interior walls of the kitchen that were dividing it from the main living areas and create an open concept great room incorporating the kitchen, hall, dining and living area into one space.
2. Replace the flooring in the kitchen as well as the entire condo, to all be the same. (Excluding the bathroom flooring, but I’ll get to that in a different post)
3. Completely gut and renovate the kitchen with new appliances and cabinets, lighting, backsplash… the works!
So, let me take a second out here and explain a little about this design job… well explain my ‘clients’…
This condo was the newly acquired home of my friends. (during the renovation process they obviously had to move out) Point is, the previous decorating wasn’t theirs…
They are long time friend of ours. The wife has been a mentor to me for over 30 years, being the 1st gal that embraced me after we moved to a new town. We, being complete outsiders in a small town, with a new marriage and a couple of babies, didn’t have a clue… about much of anything! But she was so encouraging and a living example of christian love. I am forever grateful to her mentor-ship and the impact she’s had on my life.
Her husband is a very talented guy with loads of energy. Among other career and businesses he was involved with, he was a carpenter. He and I worked on several projects together in years past. We both think rather pragmatically so can get the job done efficiently. Because of that, when I did voice design concerns, he would totally listen and help to achieve that part of the project as well.
That is a brief bit of history of my friends… but here are a couple of other things to fit into this ‘design job’ that made it very unique, if not challenging.
The husband, quite suddenly, lost nearly all his sight a couple years ago. He can still see a little, if the conditions are right, so showing him floor plans etc. was challenging but we found a way around it. He is very interested in and certainly has the knowledge and skill to do this renovation, but because of some recent physical drawbacks, eyesight being a key one, he wasn’t able to do a whole lot of the actual work. (I will say though, he did do a fair amount. How he can work around his loss of vision is a testament to ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way’!) He was however, very involved in the communication and the job foreman of the entire project!
And the wife, I love her so much, but she can have a hard time making the final decision about stuff. That can be a good thing, but can also lead to a slothful project schedule to the point of it just hanging in an unfinished state forever. Sometimes you just need to be pragmatic and decide, that’s where I come in.
They had great ideas for how they wanted the condo to function and feel. My job was to be able to hear their ideas and function needs and help them bring it to fruition in a timely manner.
Along with the overall floor plan I drew up for the entire condo space, I also created this oversized color coordinated kitchen cabinet placement plan that the carpenter tacked up for quick reference: