Coastal Kitchen Remodel
Private Residence, South Haven, Michigan
A coastal kitchen interior remodel expanded the space and added functionality to a South Haven home. Previously, this vacation home contained a small kitchen and dining room divided by a wall. Since the family loves to cook together and the dining room was not used much, they removed a wall and expanded the kitchen to accommodate many cooks at once. Two windows were replaced with shorter ones, but were kept in the same location to allow for lots of natural light. A large island seats eight for indoor dining. All countertops are Ironsbridge from Cambria with the Seacliff edge profile.
An existing bulkhead and column were factors in the design. The bulkhead contained an air duct that needed to be maintained. New columns hide a plumbing chase and help to anchor the island as a division between the kitchen and the living room. The beverage center is just steps away from the patio for easy entertaining. Appliances and cabinets have glass doors to provide clear access to guests and family. A coffee bar area adjacent to the pantry and refrigerator is close to water, mugs, and supplies. A dedicated countertop serves as a landing zone and charging station with duplex outlets and USB ports. Relocated ductwork is cleverly hidden behind an open shelving wall where artwork is displayed.
The living room paint color (Mother Earth from Benjamin Moore) was carried through to the kitchen. Coordinating finishes were selected to keep with a light and beachy vibe. Barn wood in warm, driftwood tones is featured on the columns and island. Sea-blue tile continues the coastal feel, while vertical white backsplash tile gives relief to the strong horizontal lines of the blue tile. Mixed metal brass accents in the hardware and light fixtures compliment the paint scheme. Knobs and pulls are Menlo Park from Schaub in the Signature Satin Brass finish. Brown floor tile (Skybridge from Dal Tile) anchors the space, and coordinates with the existing wood floor in the adjacent living room.