After 20 years in their Boston suburb home, this house was overflowing with “stuff.” What had once been the perfect-sized home for their large family, now seemed dark and dreary with now-outdated builder-grade fixtures, and too-small rooms. Small windows and old oak cabinets did nothing to lighten the space. Plus, the adjoining laundry, powder and mudrooms just added to the problem: too much stuff in too little space.
Divine designer Mariette Barsoum began with a “whole-house” approach. Over the next few weeks, Mariette worked closely with the homeowners to create a design that would open up the space, making it light and airy while providing the extra storage space that this family needed. The homeowner is also an artist so the design had to reflect her unique style.
Following the design phase, the Divine team of expert home renovation contractors took over. Designer Mariette oversaw every phase of the process – making sure the homeowner’s family could continue with their own busy lives without the stress of a managing the construction and steady stream of contractors.
After only eight weeks of construction, this home is hardly recognizable! Light now fills the space thanks to larger windows, lighter cabinets and granite counters, as well as recessed, pendant and under-cabinet lights.
The storage problem has been solved thanks to ceiling-height cabinets and a reframed closet that allowed for a longer run of custom cabinets. Now there’s a place for everything.
Everywhere you look there is an interesting design element. The dark-stained center island ties into the chocolate brown, large-tile floor to anchor the space while giving it a more modern feel. Family can sit and mingle at the dining table or around the island while preparing meals together. And the artist/homeowner’s work is reflected in her vegetable-inspired ceramic tiles that are the focal point over the stove.
Family and guests now easily navigate between the kitchen, laundry and powder rooms thanks to a widened hallway, while the larger ceramic tile unifies the spaces. There is now “flow” between the rooms. A pocket door conceals the laundry room that now features more storage and a countertop for easy folding, while updated fixtures in the powder room welcome guests to this fresh, new room.
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"My kitchen required a complete design change in order to have it function effectively. With Mariette’s help, we were able to double our cabinet space, triple our counter space and retain our eat-in-area – all without adding any square footage! Mariette was able to understand and design what we wanted for our kitchen, while contributing ideas which enhanced the project. In addition, all the materials she supplied (cabinets, countertops, hardware etc) were of superior quality. Further, Mariette’s part of the project was completed on time and on budget!"
- M.F. Needham, MA