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Open Concept Kitchen with Island

Open Concept Kitchen with Island

Low, popcorn ceilings and minimal natural light were not doing this Plaza Midwood kitchen (or the couple who lived in it) any favors. To improve their work triangle and the traffic flow, we proposed an L-shaped kitchen with a working island so they could face the rest of the room while standing at the sink. Unfortunately, the floor system was several inches out of level and structurally unsound to hold the weight of the island in the new design. After completely reframing the entire floor system, and raising the ceiling to hug the roofline, they now have an open concept kitchen design that makes the whole space feel more spacious. Two strategically placed skylights allow sunlight to reflect off the island countertop, creating a wash of natural light.

Spaces Included:



Plaza Midwood, Charlotte, NC

Project Scope:

Custom Redesign


Open Concept Kitchen with Island in Plaza Midwood Island
Eliminating the peninsula in favor of an island improved the traffic flow without sacrificing functionality. Space for 3-4 stools promotes conversation during gatherings, and creates a casual everyday eating area.
Open Concept Kitchen with Island in Plaza Midwood Stove
The stainless steel apron front sink and commercial style faucet echo the slightly industrial feel of the stainless steel backsplash. A trash and recycling pull out next to the sink makes clean-up a breeze.

Smart Storage Features

To maximize their storage capacity, a heavy-duty, wood lazy susan makes an otherwise tricky corner cabinet much more accessible. A narrow pull-out cabinet next to the cooktop keeps spices and oils within easy access of the cook while protecting them from damaging heat and sunlight. Floating walnut shelves provide a versatile storage solution beneath the angled ceiling, and create a focal point surrounding the chimney hood and stainless steel backsplash tile.

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