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Reawakening a Mid-Century Kitchen

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Reawakening a Mid-Century Kitchen

Rick and Linda Main purchased this Mid-Century Modern house even though the kitchen had been “updated” with unfortunate results. They called on C&R to bring their home back to its former glory while adding modern conveniences and amenities. They especially wanted to include easy-care materials and technological upgrades.

Our challenge:

Even though the kitchen had been desecrated, the rest of the original house survived intact. Our goal was to bring the kitchen to the original level of style and craftsmanship. To do that, we gave a great deal of thought to our materials, our design, and our attention to detail.

One of the unique aspects of the house was an abundance of 60-degree corners. This presented a design challenge because we wanted to make use of every inch for maximum storage and work areas without creating dead spaces behind the cabinets.

But primarily, we wanted everything we touched to honor the amazing architectural interest inherent in the house.

Our plan:

We enlarged the kitchen area physically and visually by eliminating an adjacent hallway and wet bar. This provided enough room for a full u-shape perimeter and a large new island. It also allowed for a better flow between the kitchen and living area. We carefully considered the 60-degree wall angles when configuring the new cabinets to provide abundant storage and workspace without creating excessive “dead space”.

We removed the acoustic tile ceiling and constructed a ‘dropped ceiling’ the same size as the island. The dropped ceiling is suspended by cables and has LED accent lighting to enhance the floating look. A ceiling flush-mount range hood exhausts cooking heat and odors without being visually obtrusive. The hood fan and light are operated with a remote control.

Access to the dining room was originally through a pocket door. There was also a pocket door into hallway. By opening things up and eliminating the hallway, we were able to create a gallery wall with wood shelving. LED lights illuminate artwork in niches and on the wall. We rebuilt the entire section with trim work that blends with the living room and nook area. We are delighted to say that it all looks like it was original to the home.

For convenience of entertaining, we also added a dry bar between the nook sitting area and dining room.

As a finishing touch, we updated the fireplace floating hearth with new porcelain tile, leaving the existing natural stone just as it was.

Project Details:

  • Kitchen cabinets: DeWils ‘Fenix’. These cabinets have an easy to clean pressurized finish. If a dent occurs, you can use a household iron to take it out. For marks on the cabinets—simply use a magic eraser!
  • Bar area cabinets: DeWils Alder
  • Countertops: Cambria “Big Sur Mist”
  • Backsplash: Ceramic tile
  • Abundant LED recessed lights throughout

Client comments:

​“Fit and finish was superb, definitely at a higher level than ‘standards in the industry’. You can’t even get a full sense of how amazing it is without actually seeing it in person. C&R has people who are geniuses at solving problems and all the subcontractors follow C&R’s standards and work ethic. We enjoyed everyone who worked on the project. Everything is stunning—thanks, you all are amazing!”


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