Project Spotlight: Kitchen Addition Features an Eye Catching Backsplash and Wet Bar

Sometimes an interior renovation isn’t enough – you simply need more space! That was the case with our clients in Arlington. They decided to renovate their kitchen, but wanted to add more space and create an open floor plan. The solution? Expand the home with a bump-out addition to give them all the space they need to enjoy their home.

The home had been expanded previously, but the aging addition included a back porch and staircase which didn’t provide usable space for a kitchen. Instead, we needed to remove the back porch to make way for the expansion.

The existing exterior included a back porch and staircase that would be removed to make way for the kitchen addition.
The original kitchen was cramped and dated.

Once we had worked with the homeowners to discover what their project goals were and how we could best achieve their vision, it was time for a PLAN! The new 12’ by 7’ addition significantly expands the kitchen. The entryway between the kitchen and dining room was widened to create a more open floor plan for modern living.

Originally there was just a narrow doorway between the kitchen and dining area.
The proposed floor plan highlights the new 12′ x 7′ addition as well as the new opening to the dining room.

Once the plan was in place and the homeowners were on board, work commenced and moved swiftly. After removing the back porch, we:

  • Built engineered concrete support footings / piers to support the new structure and ensure it is solid and secure.
  • Framed the new addition structure and added an access door to a new lower rough storage shed under the new kitchen.

Added a structural beam to support the roof load above the new addition. As a result, we created a lofted ceiling which makes the room feel very open and roomy.

The new kitchen includes a lofted ceiling and lots of natural light.

Once the structure was completed it was time to move on to finishing the kitchen. The homeowners chose gorgeous cabinets from Bertch finished in complimentary colors. The main run of cabinets are Oyster – a creamy color that pairs well with the Cobalt blue island. 

The island includes a built-in oven and lots of storage – including a bookcase for the homeowner’s cookbooks.

It’s the finish details that really make this kitchen a show stopper. Friends and family first notice the stunning backsplash tile from Fitzgerald Tile which showcases the homeowner’s sense of fun and style. The main countertops are made of a durable quartz from Stone Surfaces – with the exception of the island which is topped with butcher block.

Finally, one of our favorite parts of this kitchen design is the wet bar. We love the coordinating cabinet color, the glass door fronts with geometric wood details. These homeowners are ready for a relaxing drink at the end of the day but can just as easily host a gathering in their beautiful new space!

The new wet bar includes a sink and glass-front cabinets to show off glassware.
Above, notice the structural beam that allows the new kitchen to be completely open to the dining area.

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