Name: Seth & Allison
Type of Project: Kitchen/Family Room renovation
Location: Ventura, California
Type of building: Mid-Century, multi-level, single family home
We've been following along with Seth and Allison's renovation for some time, and now that the work is over and the dust has settled, it's time for the big reveal.
Before: Looking into the kitchen from the family room. The old kitchen was closed off from the rest of the living areas.
After: looking from the family room into the brand-new, open kitchen.
Seth and Allison made a lot of changes to the layout of their kitchen and family room — to get an idea of what changed, check out the floor plans in this post.
We have finally moved into the house, and of the entire renovation project, the kitchen/family room is by far our favorite space. The backyard can now be seen from every part of the kitchen and family room — and even from the moment you walk through the front door. The weather has been great recently, so we’ve really taken advantage of that pocket sliding door, leaving it open to have weekend breakfast on the deck or to enjoy dinner out there on warmer nights.
Before: the old family room, looking out onto the deck.
After: Looking from the front entrance past the new stairwell to the lower/basement floor and into the family room. The kitchen is on the right.
We really couldn’t be happier with how the space turned out and feel so lucky to be able to live here and get to cook in this kitchen. The open space might not suit everybody’s taste, but it’s the perfect fit for us. As soon as we get more settled in, we’ll furnish that big empty front living room and finish decorating the “formal” dining space behind the kitchen.
Before: looking into the old kitchen.
After: looking into the new kitchen from the front living room.
Allison’s favorite element of the kitchen is the island, which is ideal for prepping meals while still feeling connected to the outdoors or being able to watch TV. I’m also really happy with the subway tile and charcoal gray grout; I love our modern kitchen, but it’s nice to have that one subtle nod to tradition.
Seth’s favorite element of the kitchen is the pocket sliding door because it ties the outdoors in so well. Our dog Jacob seems to feel the same way, as he’s been enjoying hanging out on the deck a lot lately.
Before: The old kitchen looking towards the living room.
After: The same view in the new, more open space.
Before: The family room.
After: The family room is now completely open to the kitchen (on the left). At right you can see the front side of the custom media closet — thanks to which most TV and stereo wires are hidden from view.
Since the whole house was essentially taken down to the studs, and so many walls were removed and/or relocated, it’s difficult to get exact “before and after” shots. Still, it’s pretty fun for us to look at the old and new images side by side and remember how different it was when we first bought it!
Looking through the new front door into the family room. There used to be a wall blocking this immediate view of the backyard.
Left: The sink looks out on avocado, lemon and orange trees, and we’ve decorated the countertop with travel artifacts from around the world. Right: We’re happy with the awning and casement style aluminum windows.
Custom cabinet doors over IKEA cabinets.
Soft-close IKEA drawers.
We decided to add an extra receptacle to the island to accommodate a USB port for easily charging iPads and phones.
View of the new pony wall that surround the basement staircase. Looking into the kitchen/family room from the “formal” front living room.
Congratulations, Seth and Allison! Readers, check out the full series to see the whole renovation process, step-by-step. And be sure to join us next week for a full budget breakdown.
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(Images & Diary Text: Alllison Gibson)