When the Lipcius family decided to start a kitchen remodel, they knew they needed professionals to make their dream kitchen become a reality. The Hatchett Design Remodel team stepped up to the challenge, turning their dated space into an efficient and beautiful mid-century modern kitchen.
There were two major design flaws hindering the efficiency of the Lipcius’ Williamsburg kitchen – lack of storage space and inability to entertain.
Lack of Storage Space
In an effort to add storage and counter-space, the Lupiciuses added makeshift workstations.
Open shelving is a great way to display practical and decorative items but requires a more curated arrangement. The open shelving here was convenient, but not practical.
Need for Entertainment Space
Kitchen pass-through windows had their purpose, allowing food to easily be served from the kitchen to the neighboring dining or living room, but are now rarely coveted. Instead, homeowners are wanting a more open area for entertaining.
Choosing a Kitchen Design Style
The Lipcius family really loved Frank Lloyd Wright’s prairie-style architecture and wanted to keep that look in their kitchen. We also incorporated mid-century modern touches with simple, but geometric lines as seen in the backsplash and shaker kitchen cabinets.
What is Prairie Style?
Pioneered by the great architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the prairie style architecture incorporates simple horizontal lines, natural stained woods, and geometric patterns.
What is Mid-Century Modern Style?
Mid-Century Modern style is a subset of modern design, popular in the early 1900s. Furnishings are functional with simple geometric lines and lack ornamental frills. Cold materials, like metal and glass, harmonize with warm woods, like teak, rosewood, and oak.
In order to resolve the need for storage, we extended the sink wall cabinet run to the window. Previously, the clients had a square kitchen cart to hold their coffee machine, but the extended cabinet run provided a more permanent solution.
We changed out their kitchen island for something more substantial. The updated kitchen island houses additional storage, provides a larger workspace, and adds seating for entertaining.
The kitchen was cut off from the living room with a large wall. While the opening allowed for some conversations to flow from the kitchen to the living room, we knew we could make that better. By opening up the wall between the kitchen and living room, we changed the flow of the space, making it perfect for entertaining.
This kitchen remodel incorporated many of the 2023 Design Trends. By adding oak to the two-toned kitchen cabinets, we warmed up the kitchen. Statement light fixtures and eat-in kitchen islands also made the list.
Add a Kitchen Island
Open Wall between Living Room & Kitchen
Product Highlight: Dekton Countertops
This is the first time our lead designer, Jessica Altman, has incorporated Dekton countertops into a design, but it quickly became one of her favorite features in the Lipcius kitchen.
About Dekton Countertop
Dekton describes their product as “the ultimate surface for kitchen countertops.” These countertops are highly resistant to stains, scratches, and heat. They have two major design styles – industrial and natural – which are able to match your kitchen design seamlessly.
Speaking of seamless design, because Dekton countertops are man-made, they are able to be fashioned in large slabs, allowing for minimal jointing.
How to Care for Dekton Countertops
Dekton countertops are easy to clean. Simply wipe clean with soap and warm water. Unlike marble, granite, or concrete, Dekton countertops do not need to be resealed.
To learn more about these versatile countertops, visit the Dekton website.
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Product Highlight: Organic Touches
Organic materials and tones can be seen in both mid-century modern and prairie style designs. Here are just a few ways we incorporated them into this kitchen design.
One of the more unique features of a prairie style design is tilework that resembles wheat. Laid out in a vertical chevron pattern, the porcelain tile chosen features simple, but geometric lines that add visual interest.
Oak Shaker Cabinets
If you’re looking for timeless mid-century modern kitchen cabinets, shaker cabinets are the way to go. Their simple design features recessed panel doors with simple and clean inside and outside edges.
Shaker cabinets are often seen in light colors with basic hardware, but our design team added warmth to this kitchen remodel by featuring the lower cabinets in oak.
Project Spotlight Summary
Hatchett Design Remodel was able to take the Lipcius’ Williamsburg kitchen from dated and inefficient to beautiful, functional, and simplistic. Combining their love for mid-century modern design with practical design improvements, we created a kitchen they will be happy to entertain in.
If you are in Williamsburg or the surrounding areas and are interested in our home remodeling services, schedule your free consultation. And to see a few more photos of some of the past kitchen remodels we’ve completed, visit our gallery!