Claudette + John
After spending more than 40 years in her Alameda, Portland, home and raising 3 children there, Claudette and her husband, John, were ready for a gut renovation of their kitchen. The new design was inspired by the 1920s home's gracious English-influenced architecture. Clean lines and a shot of bold color strike a balance between modern and traditional.
Several key factors informed the plan. The kitchen is a compact yet high-traffic area, giving access to several rooms. We had to design for that circulation, for ample storage, and also for better flow between the kitchen and breakfast room. Our approach was to forgo cabinetry above the peninsula, keeping it open. A bi-level countertop is multi-purpose: it screens messy prep areas from the kitchen, acts as a breakfast bar, and is also handy for placing hot dishes from the the adjacent double oven. A full wall of cabinetry provides good storage.