Our clients loved their home’s location in Boston’s historic Back Bay neighborhood, just steps from everything the city has to offer. However, their cramped kitchen, lack of storage, and outdated bathroom were not so appealing. When they decided it was time to renovate, they engaged our team at Lee Kimball based on our track record and experience updating older, urban buildings where expansion is not an option and innovative planning is a must.
Our client’s primary goal was to remodel the kitchen – which presented a challenge as their list of wants and needs was long, and since we were limited by the existing footprint of the home’s structure.
Fortunately, this is the type of challenge that brings out our most innovative and creative solutions. To build in storage and better functionality, we tucked specially designed custom cabinetry into formerly-unused spaces in the corners and backs of walls, as well as under the new island. By replacing an L-shaped counter, we effectively added storage and improved the overall workspace. We extended a seamless look using Matarazzo Supreme Quartzite backsplash up the wall to the ceiling, visible through lit upper cabinets for an open, contemporary feel. We were even able to tuck a full-size refrigerator and wine storage into custom cabinetry to enhance functionality while maintaining a streamlined, clean aesthetic.
To further open the space and improve the flow from the kitchen to the living areas while complementing the existing woodwork, we added in pocket doors for a smooth transition between rooms while maintaining the option to close off the kitchen.
In the bathroom, we removed a ceiling and wall soffit and tub to open up the space for improved functionality and flow. Our interior designer got creative with the addition of a shower, quartzite counters, marble flooring, and a custom walnut vanity with drawers carved out around the plumbing lines for convenient organized storage. A freestanding tub was brought in to replace the former corner tub, creating more visible floor space and making the bathroom feel bigger and more luxurious.