1970’S Ranch Home Kitchen Addition

Before: Ranch-style home seen from the street. The roof dominates the home.

Before: Ranch-style home seen from the street. The roof dominates the home.

Before: 1970s U-shape one-person kitchen. Typical Earth-tone color scheme, dark cabinets, laminate countertop, vinyl patterned floor

Before: Peninsula separated the kitchen from the eating area, prevented conversation

1970s ranch home kitchen addition: CAD perspective showed the homeowners what the remodeled kitchen would look like.

CAD sketch showed homeowners what the remodeled 1970s ranch home kitchen addition would look like.

1970s ranch home kitchen addition with a dormer over kitchen, and a dormer over the expanded entry. Circular rock wall enclosed the private patio that is accessed from the kitchen.

A dormer over the 1970s ranch home kitchen addition, and a dormer over the expanded entry. Circular rock wall enclosed the private patio that is accessed from the kitchen, creating indoor-outdoor entertaining opportunities.

1970s ranch home kitchen addition with open ceiling provides natural and artificial lighting. Custom two-tone cabinets, engineered stone countertops. Raised bar for serving at the elliptical island. Bar stool niches on back of island. Built-in refrigerator and wine refrigerator

1970s ranch home kitchen addition with open ceiling provides natural and artificial lighting. Custom two-tone cabinets, engineered stone countertops. Raised bar at the elliptical island for serving. Bar stool niches on back of island. Built-in refrigerator and wine refrigerator

1970s ranch home kitchen addition and lower family room. Large elliptical island with prep sink, a downdraft cooktop, and a warming drawer.

1970s ranch home kitchenaddition and lower family room. Large elliptical island with prep sink, a downdraft cooktop, and a warming drawer. Perfect for entertaining!

1970s ranch home kitchen addition with new family room desk for everyone.

1970s ranch home kitchen addition with family room desk for everyone — adults and children!

The homeowners loved the neighborhood and the layout of their 1970s ranch home, but the original kitchen limited their ability to entertain like they wanted to. Fortunately, they had room on the side of their home for a 12-foot addition, but that presented a major challenge if the existing roofline was extended. As it was, the home was dominated by the roof. Adding a dormer over the kitchen and addition achieved three major benefits: 1. It provided space for a partially-raised ceiling to break up the original 8-foot ceiling; 2. It allowed installation of a rounded clerestory window to capture more daylight; and 3. The new dormer effectively broke up the “all roof” look.
The remodeled kitchen is now comfortable for major entertaining, at any time of the year. This kitchen addition and remodel won three national prizes and was featured in The Oregonian.

Other rooms included in this project:  Master Suite