When a kitchen is small and outdated:
Notice, in the picture above, a constricted and hopelessly outdated kitchen — to become efficient, it needed extra floorspace and modernization. To achieve this, we constructed a small addition (its sub-floor is being framed in the picture below) and relocated/resized a full size bath adjoining the kitchen. The hall leading to the bathroom was spacious and easily converted into a powder room. A stairwell (past the coats hanging in the kitchen door opening in the picture above) led to the basement and proved to be redundant, unnecessary, and when removed created floorspace for the laundry, the refrigerator, a coat closet, and pantry. Overall, the original floorspace in this kitchen project quadrupled.
In the picture, above, the first double-hung window (by the exterior plumbing) belongs to the kitchen; the window to the right of the kitchen is the bathroom's. The last window belongs to a bedroom that's been converted into an office. The old kitchen wall stood midway between the kitchen and bathroom windows; we tore it down and constructed a new wall midway between the bathroom window and the office/bedroom's. The bedroom window became an opening that allows access to the exit. The hallway that led to the bathroom became the powder room.
We designed the exterior of the addition to compliment the craftsman style dwelling, and chose paint colors that matched the house -- below.
Photographed on the left, the interior/exterior wall partitions were removed and the floor leveled — the floor and ceilings were out of level by a considerable amount -- 3-1/2″. Fortunately, the ceilings were over-height and tolerated the loss. The picture on the right depicts the culmination of framing, windows and door, rewiring and lighting, plumbing modifications, insulation and sheet-rock/tape/mud/texture.
On the left side of the picture above, we were able to create a laundry area adjacent to the kitchen — the home owners no longer lug the hamper to the basement to wash clothes. The refrigerator is located in the center recess, and the coat/pantry closet is on the right.
Affordable cabinets and crown molding were selected by the customer, which we installed with a great deal of precision. Granite counter-tops/full back-splash and an under-mount sink nearly completed the project. Window/door trim with back-band were selected to match the existing structure.