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Kitchen, Hidden Butler Pantry, & Mudroom Redesign

Kitchen, Hidden Butler Pantry, & Mudroom Redesign

Modernizing this kitchen with an updated aesthetic came second after incorporating all of the high-end appliances and kitchen storage features necessary for this highly social family of six. An improved traffic pattern, casual seating, and many hidden kitchen storage ideas ensure that they have what they need, where they need it. Simple, classic finishes allow their impressive art collection and decorative lighting to accent the space.

Spaces Included:

Kitchen, Butler’s Pantry & Mudroom


Eastover, Charlotte, NC

Project Scope:

Pull & Replace


Due to their large family and love of entertaining, it was critical that the appliances and their placement, and adequate kitchen storage supported large gatherings. Two sinks and two trash and recycling stations provide separate locations for the host and hostess to prep and clean up without bumping into one another. The icemaker, main wine refrigerator and a hidden warming drawer are all built into the island for easy access before, during and after dinner parties.

Placing the main sink in front of the tall window posed quite a design challenge. In the end, the best solution was to bring the sink cabinet out a few inches to provide space for the window casing and sill to be uninterrupted. The back of the cabinet was finished to provide a clean view from the front of the house.

To accommodate our clients’ tall statures, all the countertops were built up 2 ½ inches higher than standard. The mitered edges create a seamless appearance and the illusion of a thicker countertop slab which fits with the scale of the room. 

Small, u-shaped drawers provide additional kitchen storage for essentials and cleaning products beneath the extra-wide sink.
Due to the steel glass doors, hidden butler pantry storage was a must-have. Frameless cabinets with wide drawers provide accessible storage while the countertop provides flexible prep and staging space away from the main kitchen. The microwave and back-up wine refrigerator were recessed under the stairs to utilize the available space as efficiently as possible.
The standing desk homework station features a 3-inch black walnut waterfall countertop, floating pencil drawers, and a hidden printer drawer. The stool for the kids tucks away out of the traffic zone when not in use.
One of the most important design features of the kitchen is the cantilevered 4-inch thick waterfall bar on the island. It took hours of careful planning and measuring to ensure its integrity.
The coffee station cabinet was designed to sit directly on the countertop for easy access. The flat roll out shelf makes the back of cabinet easier to reach without interfering with the function of the various appliances. An adjustable shelf above holds various sweeteners and accoutrements, providing ample kitchen storage.
The accent wallcovering behind the vessel sink in the powder room brings a lively energy to the small space.
The traditional mantel in the sitting room was replaced with a simple, low profile mantel that was built on site. Even though the black marble surround and hearth remained, their surroundings give them a much more modern feel.

Mudroom & Powder Room Remodel

Heavy bead groove paneling was removed from the mudroom and powder room to continue the cleaner, more modern look from the kitchen. Symmetrical wall cabinets with benches and open shelves provide storage for shoes, dog leashes and sunscreen.

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