Jazzing Up the Kitchen
A historic home in New Orleans needed to both honor its history while working for a busy and sociable modern family. Designed by emerymcclure architecture, this kitchen was renovated to take advantage of natural light and hold a former overflow of storage.
The new open floor plan was possible because of the wooden beams now bracketing the kitchen. These beams not only support the upper floors of the home, but they also make sense of the difference in ceiling heights.
The two doors dividing the kitchen from the office area were from an old New Orleans movie theater and were stripped and finished to match the kitchen.
“As the cabinets made up such a large portion of the wall surface in the redesign, their function and aesthetic was expanded beyond the normal cabinet,” said designer Ursula Emery McClure, explaining that their glossy white finish helped contribute to the natural light in the space.
The owner owns a company that invests in green businesses, so the project had to be energy efficient and use natural light as much as possible. The combination of an additional door, white cabinetry and the newly opened floor plan makes the space naturally bright.
The countertops were selected for durability and contrast; the island was marble and the surrounding counters were gray quartz to pick up on the veins in the marble.
“This design continues and extends the life of a historical structure in a cultural city that preserves its built fabric,” said the designer. “The overall modifications of the space bring back the grandeur of historic space and recreate the formal procession of the home.”