July 12, 2016

Midcentury Design Plan | East Lansing Midcentury Kitchen Renovation

When Steph sent me a message on Facebook to see if I knew of anyone who was doing midcentury home design in the Lansing area, my fingers couldn't type quickly enough.

"Me.   ME!   Meeeeeeeee!
I am doing midcentury home design and would LOVE to come to East Lansing!

I could hardly wait to see what they were working with. I showed up to their gorgeous midcentury home in East Lansing (one of the homes on the Michigan Modern's East Lansing list HERE) and was greeted by their sweet black lab, Scout.

We walked into the kitchen, and I immediately hoped we could replace the traditional U-shaped kitchen with an open galley kitchen. They both looked at me like I might have been a bit crazy to try and fit a 13' island in this space, but I took measurements and was 99% sure it would work in the narrow room just fine.

I didn't promise anything upon leaving, but went back to my office and started on the plans. The layout evolved as the project did - I hadn't accounted for their baseboard heat in the initial layout, and later we ended up taking out an old chimney which gave us even more room around the island.

I'm going to share the initial design plan with you now, and will share the before & after images soon. We were finally there to take some photos & video of the new kitchen, and even a year after installation, it's still amazingly gorgeous. The clients says it functions perfectly well for their family, and they are SO so happy with everything.

Here is where we started with design. Steph LOVED our cabinets, but we planned to go darker to match their gorgeous wood-paneled dining room, and also contrast with their exisiting bamboo floors. Because we built a little desk area into the space, there are some office items on here too. Stay tuned for the after photos! 

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