Once we initially determined so as to add 1,000 sq. toes to our Malibu seaside home as a part of the renovation, I mentally divvied it up into numerous components of the home: extending the first suite, possibly including on a brand new toilet and closet, increasing the kitchen. That kind of factor. So, once I laid eyes on our architect Doug Burdge’s first draft of our renovation plans, I used to be shocked that he’d put all of our further sq. footage into one area, which he dubbed “The Nice Room.” Upon better examination, it turned out to be one big open kitchen with a fire on one finish. Huh.
Although my preliminary response was shock (“Are we certain that’s the perfect use of area?”), Doug’s plan revealed what I contemplate to be a really trendy method to structure—designing with our wants and private values first, even when that meant throwing out a couple of expectations within the course of.
Since our household’s high precedence is to create an environment for connection and making folks really feel welcome, what higher strategy to foster that sense of togetherness than by means of one massive open room that’s made for gathering? The extra I regarded by means of my inspiration photographs and envisioned the household holidays and dinners with associates on this home, the extra excited I acquired in regards to the area.
So, let’s begin with a have a look at the home’s present kitchen, to provide you an thought of the less-than-ideal circumstances we’re working with (and why we’re ranging from scratch with it.)
Right here is the present kitchen:
The present bungalow kitchen is wedged right into a nook of the again of the home. Once I’m cooking or doing dishes, my again is turned to anybody else within the room. General it has a closed-off feeling that’s not conducive to my model of cooking, which is all about casually conversing with Adam or my youngsters whereas I chop.
I’ve a long-held dream of a large kitchen window above the sink that floods the room with sunshine.
It’s a design component I’ve by no means had in a home that I’ve lived in, therefore why my “Dream Kitchen” Pinterest board is roofed in big kitchen home windows.
And now, for the brand new Nice Room addition—I’ll lead with the visuals to provide you an thought of what we’re envisioning, after which I’ll clarify. Right here is the inside rendering—be aware that colours and finishes aren’t correct but, however this exhibits the area:
I can’t wait till the day once I’m prepping for dinner with the music turned up, glass of wine in hand, and ocean breezes blowing in by means of the open doorways.
Listed below are a couple of of the important thing parts that we’ve carved out for this area:
Wall of doorways that totally opens
I believe that each home ought to have one component that makes a significant assertion. It’s the design second that, if visitors keep in mind little else, a minimum of they gained’t overlook it. In our seaside home venture, the 30-foot wall of pocket doorways that open straight to the skin is, certainly, that assertion. Since one of many causes we’re drawn to Southern California is the flexibility to spend 12 months of the yr outdoors, one among our high priorities is making a pure movement between the indoors and out. All of our home windows and doorways are coming from Marvin, and I’m actually excited in regards to the stunning wood-framed choices we’re going with.
Plus, this seamless transition allows us to show the coated terrace into an out of doors eating room that can really feel like a part of the nice room area. No, it’s not a standard method to a eating room, however for a household that likes to eat as many meals outdoor as attainable, it really works.
Outsized kitchen island
The Nice Room’s focus is a 13-foot kitchen island that initially felt virtually too massive, however upon additional investigation, is scaled excellent in context with the dimensions of this room. This can be a hardworking island that can greater than earn its hold—not solely will or not it’s the central gathering place for kitchen prep and informal eating, however it would additionally home the cooktop and fundamental sink, plus tons of storage. The inside aspect of the island could have deep drawers the place we’ll hold every part from plates and bowls to flatware. The aspect dealing with outward could have open shelving for cookbooks and show objects on the corners with area for barstools within the heart. Since the remainder of the kitchen has minimal cabinetry, we’re counting on this island to carry a lot.
Hearth to anchor the room
Since we’re not including a chosen “front room” to the home, we’ve carved out one finish of the nice room as the realm the place we’ll cozy up with a glass of wine and a superb e book. And there’s nothing like a fire to welcome everybody to kick up their toes —plus it’s a design component that can present clear differentiation between the “cooking” a part of the room and the “stress-free” a part of the room, regardless that they gained’t be separated by an precise wall. We’re planning to place a spherical desk surrounded by low-slung chairs in entrance of the hearth—an inviting spot for a comfortable dinner for 2 or sport evening with the children.
I wished to design the extra “lounge-y” aspect of the nice room (close to the fireside) in a method that flowed with the kitchen, however didn’t really feel such as you have been nonetheless in the kitchen. Nevertheless, since we traded in most of our higher cabinetry for a large kitchen window (extra on that under), we wanted all the additional storage we may get. So, I designated the wall that runs perpendicular to the fireside as a bar and beverage station. It would maintain sensible gadgets like wine storage, coffeemaker, mugs, and glassware. And it’ll additionally characteristic extra design-forward parts, like our classic turntable and sculptural objects on the open shelving, to maintain it from feeling an excessive amount of like a part of the kitchen.
And final however not least… I lastly get my massive kitchen window!
As talked about, I’ve lengthy dreamed of an announcement kitchen window that floods the area with sunshine. And never solely will our 10-foot broad x 6-foot excessive window let in tons of pure mild, however it is usually a totally functioning slider that opens as much as the again patio. There shall be a counter on the outside aspect that’s excellent for serving drinks and passing meals to throw on the grill.
One design determination I’m nonetheless considering is what kind of tree to plant simply outdoors this window. Because the visible focus to this room, it’s as essential to the design parts as any inside piece of artwork, so I’m approaching it with the identical degree of thoughtfulness. As of now, my high contenders are both a gnarly, twisting decorative olive tree, or a lush citrus tree—simply think about with the ability to open up the window and pluck a ripe orange proper off the branches! It’s exhausting to image something dreamier, however I’ll let you already know the place we find yourself.