This very small project illustrates our work methodology. A compact kitchen in a weekend cottage required a more functional arrangement including a new peninsula. An additional challenge was to make it appear more spacious within the existing footprint, since no addition was permitted.
Typical Creative Process
Our approach to design is to create different configurations or “options” for a space or building. In each design “option” a different strategy is applied. Four options for this kitchen are shown from different angles in fully rendered images. Such detailed schemes enable the client to compare, to better envision the space, and to evaluate the pros and cons of each option. Later, material options and equipment/furniture options can be added for further comparisons in a photorealistic setting.
Your Options – Your Choice
The four designs are shown below and are typical examples of our project presentations to the client. While these rendered images are quite realistic and reflect fairly accurate solar angles due to geolocation of the project, they must nonetheless be regarded as approximations of the final result after construction.
OPTION 1 – Click for slideshow.
OPTION 1 – Existing window in very basic layout with minimal changes – new cabinetry/shelves, new peninsula, new appliances.
OPTION 1 – Breakfast area with new cabinetry.
OPTION 2 – Click for Slideshow
OPTION 2 – Window over sink is enlarged to visually extend the spatial experience. Peninsula is squared off with a waterfall edge. White quartz countertops.
OPTION 2 – Exterior side door is moved to the right to make room for the refrigerator and new cabinetry on the existing wall.
OPTION 2 – View from breakfast area with new cabinetry.
OPTION 3 – Click for Slideshow
OPTION 3 – This version is very similar to OPTION 2, with one exception. (See next slide.)
The subtle difference in this option is that the refrigerator wall extends into the hallway, “borrowing” space from the hallway so that the countertop can be elongated.
OPTION 4 – Click for Slideshow
OPTION 4 – This scheme removes the oven from the peninsula and places it as a wall oven next to the refrigerator.
OPTION 4 – The strategy of this scheme is to eliminate the door-opening conflict between the peninsula oven and the dishwasher by moving the oven to the refrigerator wall.