Kitchen Transformation with Custom Glass Backsplash
The homeowners wanted to update and personalize the look and style of their kitchen, add more preparation and storage space, and enlarge the dining and sitting areas.
The home is located in a neighborhood of colonial-style homes built in the 1970’s and abuts wooded conservation land. In order to maintain the style of the home and maximize the benefit of the conservation land, we added the new dining and sitting areas off the back of the home and surrounded it with windows, giving a panoramic view of the outdoors and allowing ample light into the space. A unique design feature of the new dining area is the octagonal ceiling which posed a construction challenge but gives the room dimension and character.
One of the homeowners grew up in Bermuda and wanted to create a tranquil, tropical feel to the kitchen and eating area. Glass was chosen as a prominent design element for its similarities to water with its bluish color and glossy texture. A clear square glass-tile was used on the backsplash with a glass-tile wave accent strip. A custom designed and manufactured glass was used for the countertop of the island eating area. All other countertops are in silver sea green granite chosen to complement the glass tiles. Lighting fixtures over the table in the dining area and the island are also made of glass. Maple cabinets were custom-made with a soft white wash finish which resembles the color of sand. The hardware is in a wave pattern to tie into the flow of the wave pattern in the backsplash. Hardwood floors replaced outdated tile to warm up the kitchen and new dining area. A soft blue was used on the walls to further enhance the tranquility of the space.
Increasing the amount and placement of cabinetry helped to fulfill many of the homeowners’ goals. The island was designed to accommodate full cabinets on both sides providing desired storage and a larger surface area for food preparation. The island also has a sitting area for casual dining and for use in entertaining. Floor to ceiling pantry cabinets fill the back wall and additional cabinetry surrounding the stove provide plenty of storage space and work areas. A desk area was added as well as a built in window seat in the sitting area which increase the functionality of the space. All the appliances were updated in a stainless steel finish to again complement the soft subtle tones of the kitchen. New additions to the appliances are a combination wall oven/microwave and a warming drawer which the homeowners wanted for ease in entertaining.