Architect Mark Lawrence recently renovated his personal home, 63rd Avenue Residence, transforming a 40s-era kitchen into a space that is fresh, modern yet still warm with nostalgia.
The home, which once belonged to the architect’s grandmother, had a limited main living space with compartmentalized rooms. To unclutter the floorplan, the architect removed parts of the loadbearing wall to form three separate wall “units” which feature shallow shelving and recesses on the living room side and stores the refrigerator, ovens and pantry on the opposite side in the kitchen.
With the major appliances off to one side, the countertop was elongated and wall cabinetry removed, creating an open vibe with plentiful workspace. Natural bamboo butcher block and stark white cabinetry and walls further enhance the clean, airy feel.
The bright red glass-topped dining table with antique chairs (family heirlooms) shares the open, 235 square foot kitchen space, with a sun-yellow wall creating a visual distinction between the two areas. On the other end of the room, an additional wall was removed so the kitchen could be viewed from the sunroom and home office. With windows on all walls, and a perimeter of recessed lighting, the new kitchen is light-filled and cheery.
Oak hardwood floors from the original dining and living room were kept and stained a light turquoise hue. In the kitchen, the dated linoleum was pulled up to reveal a knotty pine floor in good condition. This yellow wood floor featured grain characteristics that created interest, so it was salvaged and stained the same color as the oak to create unity and flow.
With imaginative and functional design, a former tiny, closed-in room becomes a bright and spacious modern dream kitchen for many more generations to enjoy.