Portland

Rescued from an awkwardly shaped kitchen

Our clients were stranded in an awkwardly shaped kitchen that featured a peninsula between the kitchen and dining area, a chunk of angled wall that jutted out next to the French doors, and an angled island which made the space feel cramped.

“By removing the walk-in pantry closet and relocating the refrigerator, we really opened up the space,” says Sandi Erdman, Neil Kelly Company design consultant.

Design SOS

The homeowners wanted to open up the space, create a more functional kitchen and replace the three different types of flooring found on the main level (carpet, hardwood, and tile).

Design Challenge

“The island shape and size was a bit of a challenge,” Sandi concedes. Stone fabrication also influenced the size and shape of island. The homeowners wanted to maintain seating for four and also maximize their working countertop space. “We explored several different options and came up with a configuration the homeowners loved because it offers a great overall flow and maximizes their space.”

“The homeowners love the design because it offers a great overall flow and maximizes their space.” – Sandi Erdman

Design Solution

It all began with the client’s favorite color and the stunning Illusion Blue Quartzite countertop. “We began there and designed everything around it to truly personalize the space,” shares Sandi. The design features the desired seating area, a tall wall with pantry storage and beautiful aqua blue and light gray cabinets.

One great space-saving feature? A pop-up shelf for their mixer. The kitchen also features all Viking appliances for a cohesive look. And on gray Northwest days, the homeowners enjoy their built-in Meile coffee machine–part of a custom beverage station. Finally, new hardwood was installed throughout the first floor, helping the whole space feel more open and unified.

Ready to create your dream kitchen? Get in touch with Neil Kelly today.

sandi erdman, Portland Design Consultant, CAPS

Sandi Erdman has her own idea of smart design, eager to create residential transformations that fit client values and lifestyles. She also brings broad range of experience and perspective to every job. After earning a BA in Architecture (2005), she worked for various residential architects and designers, as well  as independently, before joining Neil Kelly Co. in 2011. Sandi has designed kitchens, baths, interior remodels, additions and new homes. She loves  discovering each client’s preferences and desires as she works toward a  unique space they will love. Not surprisingly, the things Sandi enjoys most in her leisure-time also serve as inspiration for design: traveling, enjoying nature and reading.

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