After moving into their first home, a young couple in Austin, Texas, on a limited budget decided they wanted to update and redesign their kitchen. The existing wood floors were probably the nicest part of the space – they looked rich and timeless, while the rest of the area seemed outdated and cramped, according to interior designer Robin Colton of Laura Britt Design, Austin.
The husband, a chef, needed a larger counter space to prepare food. His wife is a designer, and can frequently be found working at her laptop. The Laura Britt Design team decided to incorporate an office space for her in the kitchen so she could work while he was making dinner, allowing the two to spend more time together. They also added several other functional areas for the couple.
“We removed a divider wall between the small kitchen and storage room to make room for a huge island that features a countertop surface wrapping the sides,” Colton said. “Also, the client was not using the back door to enter the home, so we created a bench and drop zone for them to take off their shoes and drop their bags.
“Texas Construction Co. was instrumental in the implementation of the kitchen remodel. Their expertise, work ethic, and level of quality helped the design come to life for the homeowner,” Colton said.
According to Colton, the newly redesigned kitchen has even managed to bring the couple closer. “The island has now become the hub of the home, with the couple enjoying breakfast and dinner there together. The space is now opened up with great circulation paths for entertaining, and there are electrical outlets integrated into the island to plug in laptops,” she added.
The homeowners selected a white lacquer finish for the new Ikea cabinets. Laura Britt Design chose Blizzard by Caesarstone countertops for “the clear white color, the durability, and the environmentally responsible aspects of their manufacturing.” The counter-to-ceiling backsplash is Paradise Green glossy penny-round mosaic from Waterworks of Dallas. “It makes a clear visual impact as soon as you enter the home,” Colton said.