A wonderful family with grown kids was tired of their old kitchen and breakfast room. They wanted to lighten up the space, update to a more transitional style and feel more of a connection with their family room.

The homeowners decided to enclose a covered porch off the breakfast room for a 75 square foot addition. Their contractor, M.W. Carlson, Ltd. recommended KDP to help design the new space. The homeowner had previously seen our work on Houzz.com, so we were off to a great start! We extended the kitchen cabinets into the new space, creating a dazzling open-concept kitchen-great room and allowing light to flood the previously dark family room.

We replaced original dark cherry perimeter cabinets with beautiful white painted shaker style frameless cabinetry from Holiday Kitchens. The wall cabinets are up to the nine foot ceiling with smaller cabinets atop lower wall cabinets for daily use. Several of the cabinets have glass door inserts for display of personal items. The kitchen cabinets wrap around the corner into the new addition adding useful storage and integrating the space with the adjoining family room. Glazed backsplash subway tile in a Rocky Grey Micro Crackle adds sparkle between the upper and lower cabinetry. Quartz countertops by Cambria in the Berwyn design complete the perimeter cabinets with the perfect amount of color and flair. Over the double-bowl Kraus sink, the window sill is with matching Cambria Berwyn for a clean and functional surface. Stainless steel appliances and hood intersperse the all white cabinetry with splashes of shine.

The furniture-quality island is a gorgeous contrast to the light, linear perimeter with dark gray brown paint and glaze on the cabinetry. An antique wire door on one end beautifully accents a bookcase cabinet with cookbooks. Decorative columns surround seating for four, with a Cambria Torquay countertop that wraps around the posts with elegant detailing. The old desk area was transformed to a wine bar with finish and countertops to match the island. A mix of decorative elements including glass doors on the upper cabinets, some with antique brass wire grills, make this extra-special. Not just a pretty piece, this bar is ready for entertaining with an undercounter wine refrigerator, wine cubbies, drawers and cabinets for storage of barware and bottles.

The new breakfast room replaced the covered porch and now integrates the kitchen into the family room. The great room concept is further tied together by new built-in cabinetry on each side of the fireplace that matches the island and wine bar. The family room now has lots of light. Entertaining small and larger groups is now a breeze in this open floor plan.

We invite you to explore the elements of this transitional great room on our Kitchen Projects page. We also invite you to follow us on our Facebook page.