In Portland, Oregon an active couple with a growing family dreamed of using their sprawling ranch home to its fullest capacity. They wanted their children to use their home for their entertainment rather than local malls and fast-food restaurants. The home spoke of the promise of that dream within its warren of three small rooms and under-utilized space.
In addition to designing the new kitchen/great room for gatherings around the nearby pool and a wide-screen television, the family also hoped to obtain a dream kitchen for their entertaining passion. They needed a coffee center, a six-burner free-standing range, storage for food, a large island that could serve as a focal point for shared meals, and a media wall with room for a computer, a large-screen entertainment center, and a wet bar.
The couple also expressed a desire to have a kitchen that not only worked well, but would be welcoming and reminiscent of a kitchen in a Tuscan villa. A discussion ensued regarding re-using existing fireplace and Roman brick seating shelf, throwbacks to the 60’s. The planning stage on this particular project extended for several months, but the results gave the clients exactly what they wanted.
The original three-room space became one large open area. The outdated kitchen and breakfast nook took shape as a newly expanded kitchen at one end. The old Navajo-style corner fireplace and Roman brick seating that formerly occupied the wall separating the kitchen from the family room were completely removed. Instead, a new gas fireplace was designed to fit between the new French doors that lead out to the entertainment and pool area.
Rich Tuscan colors from a Brunschwig & Fils fabric became the keystone for the color palette. Captivating golds, eye-catching blues and reds, and aged greens taken from the fabric provided the colors needed to offset Oregon’s gray winters.
After blowing out non-bearing walls, and capitalizing on both the remodeled indoor square footage as well as the luxe garden space surrounding the in-ground swimming pool, the clients were able to achieve their desire to have a great social gathering space, where friends and family are drawn together.