When a Lafayette Hill family heard that a nearby house had been purchased by a developer, they seized the opportunity and purchased the house when demolition was just beginning. Therefore, they were able to have the renovation done specifically to their tastes and needs. To create the space plan within this essentially blank slate, they called on Down2earth Interior Design. Together, we discussed how the family wanted to live in the space, established functional relationships, and determined the parameters of the rooms that were needed to accommodate their wishes.
The homeowners were hoping to create one large combined kitchen and dining area, which ideally would also be open to the family room. Our first step was to explore floor plan options for this large space that created flexible zones for various activities. In the end, we wound up with a spacious kitchen that can also accommodate large groups for holiday dining. The kitchen is spacious enough to accommodate both an island and a peninsula, and from the latter, the homeowners have a wide open view to the family room, where the kids play. It also features a custom wine bar, a modern linear tile backsplash, a giant picture window, and great pendant lighting. One fun design touch was flipping the black and white palette – the perimeter features white cabinets with black granite counters, while the island features black woodwork with a white and grey solid surface countertop.
Photos by Fabrice Toussaint