We knew that when the Clare’s came into Aria that they would have a beautiful kitchen, but nothing prepared us for what we saw when we arrived. Helene of Helene’s Luxury Kitchens transformed this cramped, outdated space by knocking down a few walls and combining two spaces to create this clean, modern kitchen.
Aria: How did this design process begin?
Helene: The client was searching online for a Kitchen Designer. While they didn’t call me directly from my internet presence, I was referred to them by another contact they found online.
Aria: What was the design inspiration for this kitchen remodel?
Helene: Lifestyle, clean lines, and an uncluttered look were the inspirations. Part of the design process is to gather information during an explorative session where we discuss how the kitchen will ultimately need to function and integrate into the overall style of the family and their home.
Aria: What made you decide to use Aria Stone?
Helene: The homeowner had already visited several stone showrooms and didn’t feel that they were finding what was desired. Therefore I suggested that they visit the ARIA showroom so that they may find a stone that would move them to give the desired compliment, “I LOVE my kitchen”.
Aria: How long did this project take to complete?
Helene: Approximately 3 ½ months and their General Contractor and his sub-contractors were excellent!
Aria: What was your biggest challenge in this remodel?
Helene: We were providing floor plan options at the same time they were tearing out the kitchen. Therefore the decisions had to be made quickly, and as a team we did very well in these decisions. Once we combined both rooms, the space was enlarged, yet with all the windows and doors it was also challenging. Our biggest quest was to create an island with a Wolf range, effective cooking stations and work flow throughout this area. We reworked the floorplan several times before creating the final details. In the end, we took a small space from their large dining room to accomplish a wall of tall wonderful storage in the kitchen. We also moved the refrigerator to a former pantry area, created a desk in front of the scenic bay windows (that had been an eating area), added a wine bar and the large island perfect for cooking and casual entertaining. The kitchen flow is perfect for an active family and entertaining in that others can easily come to the edge of the kitchen to get refreshments from the SubZero refrigerator drawers, warm up snacks in the microwave, throw away trash, and all without crowding the cook’s area.
Aria: Why did you decide to go with a hoodless vent?
Helene: This product is unique to Best hoods and the client was adamant about eliminating visual obstructions. One wall of the eating area incorporates a large television so a normal range hood dropping into this site path would be intrusive. The contractor did a fabulous job of positioning this from our plans and then prepared and installed this to the manufacturer’s detailed specifications.