Lemons to Lemonade
Donna Schachne of Davie, Fla.-based Schachne Architects & Builders, created this open, functional kitchen space out of a previously outdated, water-damaged space.
While roomy, the previous kitchen space had the overdone, opulent look that frequented Floridian homes in the 1990s.
A narrow, arched doorway flanked by two columns blocked the kitchen from the living space, and bulky, awkward counters sported outdated appliances and an obvious lack of storage.
An island section helps separate the kitchen and the newly opened living space without cutting it off.
The open shelving, ideal for family photos and art pieces, replaces the previous freestanding buffet in the dining area and allows for more space to move around in the dining area.
Curving out from the rectangular island cabinetry, the peninsula softens the hard lines of the space.
Warm American walnut cabinetry carries through from the pantry to the open shelving and the prep area, while flush-panel doors in the main area allow for a clean look.