Project: Kretschmer Residence
Project Description: 3,500 sq. ft. Remodel
Project Criteria: A remodel of the Kitchen, and addition of an adjacent Family Room open the floor plan up to create a more logical flow, both on the main level and between lower and upper floors. Remodel of basement as a party, play area, as well as a Pilates workout area.
Design Concept: Classic modernism (both current and mid-century), energetic, creative and open, within a 1930’s bungalow aesthetic.
Design Solution: We opened the main level up by creating a corridor that looped the main floor and connected all of the adjacent rooms, including opening the main stair up to the second level. The renovation of the Kitchen design was focused on fusing design elements from the 50’s, such as clear finished birch cabinets and stainless steel, with current modern elements, such as concrete floors and modern acrylic overhead shelving, concrete skim coated floors and industrial floor mats, at the same time maintaining the traditional architectural shell of the bungalow. Even the choice of paint colors were selected to enhance the design. Very muted shades of gray-green and gray-blue were used to recall the 30’s, electric synthetic brights were used to pop accent objects and to pay homage to the 50’s, while metallic brights were used to represent our current modern aesthetics. The Basement remodel presented the challenge of creating more space in a very low ceiling and foot print. The ceiling was demolished and was replaced with floating painted panels to create the illusion of space beyond. The perimeter of the area was lined with hidden storage behind stained wood doors, where laundry, wine storage and general storage is concealed. Again, finishes and paint colors were selected to maintain the design concept at the upper levels.