Feel & Flow: A Classic Transitional Before & After

We asked Legacy designer Michael Burr to share how he transformed this cramped, outdated kitchen into an open, fresh space that is designed for entertaining.

Before
Classic Transitional Kitchen Renovation
After
Classic Transitional Kitchen Renovation

What were your client’s goals for the reno?

  1. Create a better space for entertaining – this was a primary goal.
  2. Improve seating – our client wanted a place for people to sit comfortably in the kitchen area without feeling like they were in the way.
  3. Update the look – the old oak cabinets and dropped ceilings were out of sync with the client’s preference for a Transitional style.
  4. Open it up – the kitchen, dining room and living room were closed in by walls and separated by an oak railing which negatively impacted the feel and flow of the space.
Before
Classic Transitional Kitchen Renovation
After
Classic Transitional Kitchen Renovation

How did you meet those goals?

  1. Created two islands instead of one large island: one as a prep station with a cooktop and another for seating/entertaining.
  2. Integrated seating and storage on the second island.
  3. Selected products and colors to give the space a Classical Transitional feel.
  4. Removed the wall between the dining room and kitchen. It was really important to remove visual barriers to create the open concept and improve movement throughout the space. The split island design helps with flow and provides a path from prep zones to the pantries.
Before
Classic Transitional Kitchen Renovation
After
Classic Transitional Kitchen Renovation

What design and functional details would you like to highlight?

  • With the oak railing removed it became clear that the design would need to flow from the kitchen down into the living room.
  • We incorporated a glass barrier on the prep side of the island and updated the stairway down into the living room.
  • Changed out the old walk-in pantry for recessed floor-to-ceiling cabinets. This was not something the clients had thought about but they were very pleased with the additional storage and easier access.

Our client was very happy with the design experience

“I felt Michael took ample time to listen and understand what I was trying to achieve. He actually made me think about how I was going to use the space and to work in the kitchen. He made me think about where to put things in the kitchen, so that it is not only beautiful but efficient as well. He was very thoughtful about what he was doing. He was willing to listen to what we wanted and he was willing to offer suggestions. Michael’s skill at interacting and communicating was a key component of the project. He was always respectful about finding out what would work best for us.”

Additional information about this renovation:

Designer Michael Burr
Design Style Classic Transitional
Cabinet Door Style Shaker
Cabinet Species Cherry
Cabinet Colour Gray

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