These clients had a very traditionally styled University Park kitchen in the Dallas metroplex and wanted to bring it into this century. We created an “updated traditional” look for them that incorporated some traditional elements, but with more current materials. We also were able to really reorganize storage space and the workflow for the cook. Now, the kitchen – and entire home – is more conducive to multiple cooks and for entertaining friends and family. Here is what we started with:
Before the Remodel
You may look at this and think we didn’t change much, and you’re somewhat correct. We kept the overall layout, and appliances locations were only tweaked slightly. However, after moving the cooking surface to the perimeter, getting the television off the counter, adding a wine cooler, and expanding the island, it’s a brand new space. Let’s dive into what materials make this kitchen “plus” design work.
Cabinetry and Hardware
All of the cabinets are from Ultracraft in their Charlotte door style which has a few details to upgrade from a standard shaker style. Melted Brie paint is shown on the kitchen perimeter, butler, and wet bar. The island has a Cocoa stain on Maple. Clear glass transoms on the working side of the kitchen and fun X-mullions in the bar create interest. Cabinets are jazzed up with hardware from Atlas – the Kate collection knobs and pulls, all in polished nickel.
Counter and Splash
Two different counters are in this new space. In the kitchen, we created an updated traditional feel with marble-looking quartz with Cambria’s Brittanicca Warm material. We used their Beaumont color in the bar as well as a powder bath and fireplace in the surrounding rooms. Pratt & Larson tile is used throughout. Field tile consists of five different textures (color W080) randomly placed to create a true handmade and fun look. Relief tile (color C070) with a frame at the wet bar gives another fun look. We sourced tile from Renaissance Tile, which you can find in the heart of the Dallas Design District.
Plumbing and Appliances
Both sinks – kitchen and bar – are Blanco Silgranit sinks in Cafe Brown to create contrast with the counters. Browns used throughout create warmth for that updated traditional style. Faucets are Newport Brass, Jacobean collection in polished nickel. There are a lot of appliances on display (and even hidden with cabinet panels) in these spaces. The 36″ Range, oven, and convection microwave are Wolf. Refrigerator, freezer, and wine columns, as well as the refrigerator drawers (paneled, seen below) are SubZero. We rounded it out with a Bosch dishwasher in the kitchen and a Hoshizaki ice maker (paneled, seen above) in the bar.