New layout, materials and finishes bring dramatic changes to outdated kitchen

Natural, textured materials give this renovated kitchen a strong connection not only to its wooded outlook but also to the rest of the home

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​​​​​​​While this kitchen renovation by architect Lenore Weiss occupies the same space as the original one that dated back to 1993, the functional layout has been dramatically changed, as have materials and finishes.

When the young owners bought this property – their first – they were keen  to extensively renovate and put their own stamp on the home. And to do that, they called on the original architect of the 1993 home, Stuart Shayman, who in turn suggested architect Lenore Weiss to do the interiors, including a new kitchen.

Weiss says the original kitchen space had a beautiful curved window wall overlooking an adjacent wooded ravine, and the renovation need to retain this to take advantage of, and enhance, the view.

But she says that the existing kitchen needed a complete overhaul.

“It had an unwieldy island, which didn’t fit the space well and, of course, the finishes were outdated with a limestone, tiled floor and a lot of laminate surfaces.”

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​​​​​​​Soft, natural materials were selected for this kitchen renovation, to connect with the wooded ravine that it overlooks. These include walnut for the tall cabinetry in the work area of the kitchen, and the textured, brushed stone on the island top.

The new island is smaller than the previous one, but is more in proportion to the space it sits in. Its double stacked Valcucine cabinets are faced with matt glass panels, part of the combination of natural, non-shiny materials that Weiss selected.

In keeping with this, the island’s top is in brushed Absolute granite, also adding texture. And there’s more than meets the eye with its thick top – it actually accommodates Valcucine’s flush fitted draw system to maximise storage in the kitchen.

More natural materials were added to the mix, with walnut selected for the tall cabinetry that wraps round the kitchen’s work area and wide plank, white oak chosen for the flooring.

Meanwhile, the bank of low perimeter cabinetry under the curved window and beside the door to the dining/living area is distinguished by a grey lacquer finish.

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A curved wall of windows in this original 1993 home design were retained during renovation, and the new kitchen and breakfast setting organised to take maximum advantage of the views they offered.

Weiss says that a successful aspect of the new kitchen is the way it integrates with adjacent spaces.

“The kitchen’s soft, natural palette of materials was a theme throughout the house,” she says. “Such as the wood flooring from the dining/living area and the dark stone flooring from the foyer.”

With its arrangement of casual and formal spaces, the owners are now set-up to enjoy relaxed time together as a family, as well as socialising and entertaining.

Credit list

Stuart D. Shayman Associates
Kitchen design
Valcucine – combination of Tactile Walnut, Matt Cold Grey Lacquer, Matt Cement Glass
Dolomite, leathered finish
The Galley Sink by HydrologyOven: Miele Double Convection Oven
Miele Hood
Wine cooler
Sub-Zero Integrated Refrigeration Drawers
Carlisle Wide Plank Flooring – White Oak, plain sawn, satin finish
Lutron shade system
Kitchen furniture
Knoll Saarinen chairs around custom kitchen table with Ceasarstone Piatra Gray top; Mark Albrecht bar stools at kitchen island
Interior architect and interior designer
Lenore Weiss Studios
General contractor
Cisneros Brothers Remodeling
Kitchen perimeter – Dolomite, leathered finish; kitchen island – Brushed Flamed Nero Assoluto top by Valcucine with Valcucine Genius Loci drawers
Hydrology single lever faucet and side spray
Miele Gas Cooktop
Miele Speed Oven; Miele Steam Oven
Sub-Zero Integrated Fridge and Freezer
Benjamin Moore Oxford White 869
Sonneman Corona Ring Pendant over kitchen table; Manette Grande LED Pendants over kitchen island
Dining area furniture
Holly Hunt Split Dining Table and Hampton Dining Chairs; room divider/server custom designed by Lenore Weiss Studios, fabricated by Pegasus One Custom Cabinetry

Story by: Paul Taylor

Photography by: Michael Alan Kaskel

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