When designer Matthew Coates was contacted to design an open concept kitchen on a tight budget, he didn't let the numbers fool him. He included stylish but budget-friendly materials to create a spacious, modern kitchen perfect for gathering.
Coates shares how he didn't break the bank to achieve the polished end result.
The owner's goals were quality design and clean detailing while being conscious of the budget. They also wanted the kitchen to be the primary component to an open living concept.
The biggest issue that we wanted to address for the owner was a sense of cohesiveness with the remainder of the house. If the kitchen is too open, it will not define the overall living space and on the contrary, if it is too closed off, it will not provide a dynamic connection.
We accomplished the challenge of balancing openness with privacy by creating a mid-height masonry wall outdoors that created a private garden and courtyard while protecting the opening kitchen and living area from the street side view.
When the house was designed the owner thought the kitchen was slightly small for their needs, so we actually increased the linear dimension of the kitchen by two feet.
We ended up finding that birch cabinets could be built on a budget and give the modern look they wanted without the huge price tag of other woods.
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