After 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 varied elements of the home: extending the first suite, possibly including on a brand new lavatory 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 stunned that he’d put all of our further 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 fire on one finish. Huh.
Although my preliminary response was shock (“Are we certain that’s the most effective use of house?”), Doug’s plan revealed what I contemplate to be a really fashionable strategy to structure—designing with our wants and private values first, even when that meant throwing out just a few 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 one huge open room that’s made for gathering? The extra I seemed by my inspiration photographs and envisioned the household holidays and dinners with associates on this home, the extra excited I bought concerning the house.
So, let’s begin with a take a look at the home’s present kitchen, to offer you an concept 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. After 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 type 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 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 large 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—observe 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 by the open doorways.
Listed here are just a few of the important thing parts that we’ve carved out for this house:
Wall of doorways that absolutely opens
I believe that each home ought to have one component that makes a significant assertion. It’s the design second that, if company bear in mind little else, not less than they received’t neglect it. In our seaside home challenge, the 30-foot wall of pocket doorways that open straight to the skin is, definitely, that assertion. Since one of many causes we’re drawn to Southern California is the flexibility to spend 12 months of the 12 months exterior, considered one of our high priorities is making a pure circulation between the indoors and out. All of our home windows and doorways are coming from Marvin, and I’m actually excited concerning the stunning wood-framed choices we’re going with.
Plus, this seamless transition allows us to show the coated terrace into an outside eating room that may really feel like a part of the good room house. No, it’s not a traditional strategy to a eating room, however for a household that likes to eat as many meals outside as doable, it really works.
Outsized kitchen island
The Nice Room’s focus is a 13-foot kitchen island that initially felt nearly too huge, however upon additional investigation, is scaled good in context with the dimensions of this room. This can be a hardworking island that may greater than earn its maintain—not solely will it’s the central gathering place for kitchen prep and informal eating, however it would additionally home the cooktop and foremost sink, plus tons of storage. The inside facet of the island may have deep drawers the place we’ll maintain the whole lot from plates and bowls to flatware. The facet dealing with outward may 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 an excellent ebook. And there’s nothing like a fire to welcome everybody to kick up their toes —plus it’s a design component that may present clear differentiation between the “cooking” a part of the room and the “stress-free” a part of the room, although they received’t be separated by an precise wall. We’re planning to place a spherical desk surrounded by low-slung chairs in entrance of the fireplace—an inviting spot for a comfy dinner for 2 or recreation night time with the youngsters.
I wished to design the extra “lounge-y” facet of the good room (close to the fireside) in a means 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 beneath), 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’ll maintain sensible objects like wine storage, coffeemaker, mugs, and glassware. And it’ll additionally function 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 huge 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 huge x 6-foot excessive window let in tons of pure mild, however it’s also a totally functioning slider that opens as much as the again patio. There will probably be a counter on the outside facet that’s good for serving drinks and passing meals to throw on the grill.
One design choice 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 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 realize the place we find yourself.