After we initially determined so as to add 1,000 sq. ft to our Malibu seaside home as a part of the renovation, I mentally divvied it up into numerous elements of the home: extending the first suite, perhaps including on a brand new toilet and closet, increasing the kitchen. That kind of factor. So, after 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 extra sq. footage into one house, which he dubbed “The Nice Room.” Upon higher examination, it turned out to be one big open kitchen with a hearth on one finish. Huh.
Although my preliminary response was shock (“Are we positive that’s the most effective use of house?”), Doug’s plan revealed what I take into account to be a really fashionable strategy 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 option to foster that sense of togetherness than via one large open room that’s made for gathering? The extra I regarded via my inspiration photographs and envisioned the household holidays and dinners with buddies on this home, the extra excited I obtained in regards to the house.
So, let’s begin with a have a look at the home’s present kitchen, to offer you an concept of the less-than-ideal situations 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. After I’m cooking or doing dishes, my again is turned to anybody else within the room. Total it has a closed-off feeling that’s not conducive to my fashion of cooking, which is all about casually conversing with Adam or my children 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 aspect 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 offer you an concept of what we’re envisioning, after which I’ll clarify. Right here is the inside rendering—word that colours and finishes aren’t correct but, however this reveals the house:
I can’t wait till the day after I’m prepping for dinner with the music turned up, glass of wine in hand, and ocean breezes blowing in via the open doorways.
Listed below are a couple of of the important thing components that we’ve carved out for this house:
Wall of doorways that totally opens
I feel that each home ought to have one aspect that makes a serious assertion. It’s the design second that, if company keep in mind little else, a minimum of they gained’t neglect it. In our seaside home challenge, the 30-foot wall of pocket doorways that open straight to the skin is, for sure, that assertion. Since one of many causes we’re drawn to Southern California is the power to spend 12 months of the 12 months exterior, one in all our high priorities is making a pure move 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 alternatives we’re going with.
Plus, this seamless transition permits us to show the coated terrace into an out of doors eating room that can really feel like a part of the good room house. No, it’s not a standard strategy to a eating room, however for a household that likes to eat as many meals outdoor as doable, it really works.
Outsized kitchen island
The Nice Room’s focus is a 13-foot kitchen island that initially felt nearly too large, however upon additional investigation, is scaled good in context with the dimensions of this room. It is a hardworking island that can greater than earn its maintain—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 primary sink, plus tons of storage. The inside facet of the island can have deep drawers the place we’ll maintain every little thing from plates and bowls to flatware. The facet going through outward can have open shelving for cookbooks and show objects on the corners with house for barstools within the middle. 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 “lounge” to the home, we’ve carved out one finish of the good room as the realm the place we’ll cozy up with a glass of wine and e book. And there’s nothing like a hearth to welcome everybody to kick up their ft —plus it’s a design aspect that can present clear differentiation between the “cooking” a part of the room and the “stress-free” a part of the room, although 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 comfy dinner for 2 or recreation evening with the children.
I wished to design the extra “lounge-y” facet of the good room (close to the hearth) in a method that flowed with the kitchen, however didn’t really feel such as you have been nonetheless in the kitchen. Nonetheless, since we traded in most of our higher cabinetry for a large kitchen window (extra on that under), we would have liked all the additional storage we might get. So, I designated the wall that runs perpendicular to the hearth as a bar and beverage station. It is going to maintain sensible objects like wine storage, coffeemaker, mugs, and glassware. And it’ll additionally characteristic extra design-forward components, 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 large kitchen window!
As talked about, I’ve lengthy dreamed of an announcement kitchen window that floods the house with sunshine. And never solely will our 10-foot extensive x 6-foot excessive window let in tons of pure mild, however it’s also a completely functioning slider that opens as much as the again patio. There will probably be a counter on the outside facet that’s excellent for serving drinks and passing meals to throw on the grill.
One design resolution I’m nonetheless considering is what kind of tree to plant simply exterior this window. Because the visible focus to this room, it’s as essential to the design components 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 having the ability to open up the window and pluck a ripe orange proper off the branches! It’s laborious to image something dreamier, however I’ll let you already know the place we find yourself.