Large Great Room Addition

 

Before: Great room during framing stage.
What do you say to the owners of a large great room? “See the Possibilities. Create a Positive Difference!”
Before: Great room during framing.
Before: The framing was completed for the walls, doors, and windows, and the 10-foot ceiling. “Now what do we do?” said the confused, overwhelmed homeowners.
Large Great Room Addition: Custom storage in all kitchen cabinets.
Large Great Room Addition has a 450-square-foot kitchen with custom storage in all cabinets, and several display areas.
Large Great Room Addition: Kitchen, viewed from new dining room with bar seating, custom soffit over island, pendant light fixtures. Island cabinets have dark stain.
Large Great Room Addition: Kitchen, viewed from new dining room with bar seating, custom soffit over island, pendant light fixtures. Island cabinets have a dark stain to match “furniture” cabinets in the dining room and living room.
Large Great Room Addition: Kitchen and entry seen from living room area.
Large Great Room Addition: Kitchen and entry seen from the  living room area.
Large Great Room Addition: Kitchen island in the foreground, dining room in back. Custom soffit, same shape as island, with powerful ceiling-mounted exhaust fan.
Large Great Room Addition: Kitchen island in the foreground, dining room in back. Custom soffit, same shape as island, with powerful ceiling-mounted exhaust fan. The dining room is defined by a rectangular “ring” soffit.
Large Great Room Addition: Dining room from entry. Custom soffit to define the area. Custom dark-stained "furniture" cabinets.
Large Great Room Addition: Dining room seen from entry, with a custom soffit to define the area. Custom dark-stained “furniture” cabinets.
Large Great Room Addition: Kitchen island storage, ovens, refrigerator, display cabinets.

Large Great Room Addition: Kitchen island storage, ovens, refrigerator, display cabinets.

Large Great Room Addition - Detail: False "grain drawers" at end of peninsula, microwave drawer.
Large Great Room Addition – Detail: False “grain drawers” at end of peninsula, husband’s  juice bar, with microwave drawer.

The large great room addition was over 1300 square feet, and the wife was confused about what to do with the space. She especially needed help with placing all the kitchen appliances, three sinks, and custom storage for the area. Entertaining and cooking demonstrations were her two main priorities. The new kitchen, which is over 450 square feet, is divided into work spaces:

  • Baking preparation
  • Cooking preparation
  • Two cleanup areas
  • A juice bar
  • Two countertop seating areas.

A custom soffit was designed to make the island area feel cozier, and to help define the kitchen from the rest of the great room. There are multiple lit display cabinets for visual interest.

Starting with a large empty room (a clean slate) is a challenge, but there are so many possibilities to achieve the best function, safety, and appearance. “See the Possibilities. Create a Positive Difference.”