Central Art Niche

This second story renovation opened up the kitchen to a light-filled dining area and living space that revolves around a central art niche that descends with a new stair.
Photos by Paul Finkel
Before moving into this newly purchased home, the owners had an opportunity to remodel the kitchen. Built in 1990, this kitchen was compartmentalized and outdated. The island was too small and a bottleneck formed between the island and refrigerator. The owners wanted to open up the space to the living and dining areas.
The updated powder room with rustic detailing.
The central stair with art niches.
Inspired by Mexican contemporary architecture, the kitchen was transformed. The tile backsplash, dark counters and small island were all removed. The florescent light box was swapped with cool pendants and recessed lighting. A new kitchen sink is now located under a new picture box window allowing views to the street. Overhead cabinets in a bright, fun hue and open wood shelving with accent lighting and decorative tile bring functionality to the space. The cooktop remains in the enlarged, asymmetrical island and now accommodates seating. Some appliances were updated and a new pantry with additional storage was constructed around the refrigerator. Finishing the look is new Brazilian Pecan hardwood flooring.
A lovely window seat allows one to enjoy the space in the style of a tree house.
Art niches continue to appear as one descends the stairs.
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