Kitchen Design – Project Lighthouse

Dec 16

The kitchen design was part of Project Lighthouse, a renovation of an investment property in Miami, FL. As an interior designer, it is challenging to jump into an ongoing project. One of the main challenges is dealing with the set design decision, which may not result in a cohesive design. Consequently, due to budgetary constraint changing those installed finishes is not an option. Nevertheless, designing must proceed for quick turnaround completion.

SPATIAL DESIGN CHALLENGES

The kitchen design resulted in an I kitchen with an island offering ample major preparation/work area, substantial room for entertainment and adequate immediate storage. In the adjacent laundry room, there is an entire wall dedicated to closet space that could be utilized as an extended kitchen pantry. Furthermore, to create an uninterrupted wall, a window and a sliding door opening onto a covered patio, not allowing much light penetration, was filled in. Certainly, the large front bay window will be the primary source of daylight into the room. The removal of the window and sliding door created approximately 16′ kitchen back wall.

Proposed floor plan
KITCHEN FLOOR PLAN
PROJECT LIGHTHOUSE POINTE KITCHEN BACK ELEVATION
KITCHEN BACK WALL ELEVATION
PLP_DWG_KITCHEN_ISLAND ELEVATION
KITCHEN ISLAND ELEVATION

MATERIALITY

Due to the 8′-0″ ceiling height, I selected 40″ cabinets with vertical backsplash tiles and one color for both upper and lower cabinets to elongate the space. Also, to ass depth of space, the upper 12″ deep cabinets are glass panels, drawing the eyes into central open area. To emphasize the focal pointe, the white glass mosaic backsplash paired with black grout for a subtle contrast. The lighting pendant fixtures with clear shades and a similar geometric shape as the backsplash tile. The kitchen hardware and faucet will be black matte.

PLP_KITCHEN BACKWALL ELEVATION
KITCHEN BACK WALL ELEVATION

DESIGN KEYPOINTS

The following are key elements injected in this design: 

When designing a one wall kitchen it is essential to add one tall cabinet to allow for pantry style storage.

Design an uninterrupted wall in one wall kitchen design to maximize space. 

Add depth and interest with mixing the upper cabinets between solid and glass panels.

Place your island at the centerline of the back wall for the spatial balance of the kitchen. 

I am excited to be heading down to Miami in the upcoming weeks for the kitchen installation and a site visit. I enjoy working with remote clients. Although it’s a work trip, it is an opportunity to explore new scenery, restaurants and do some networking.  Visit our e-design store for our kitchen design services.

Keep posted, I will be writing a follow-up post showcasing the kitchen design execution. 

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