Kitchen Stories: An Island for Two

Originally a lumber and millwork warehouse overlooking the river in Oshkosh WI in the late 1800s, this historic building was converted to loft condos in the 1980s.  By now, the finishes and materials were dated and with the existing small, tight galley kitchen, Dennis and Nancy were ready to remodel and create a kitchen that better suited the beautiful window views and their love of cooking and entertaining.

Originally a lumber and millwork warehouse remodeled into a home with a new contemporary kitchen design.

For that, they contacted Gwen Adair of Cabinet Supreme by Adair.  “Initiallly, we looked at the overall space and knew that we needed to take advantage of the large windows overlooking the river.  In their original floor plan, this space was the dining room and the galley kitchen was segregated to a small enclosed area under the loft.  By moving a wall, we were able to open up the dining space to create a more spacious area for the kitchen, and the old galley area became a practical and very functional laundry room,” explained Adair.

A lofted kitchen design with a warm and contemporary style.

Nancy and Dennis enjoy cooking, and they enjoy cooking together!  They both expressed a desire for a large island so friends could easily and informally gather in the kitchen while their hosts manage the meal preparation and mix drinks. 

“We needed an island that could easily accommodate both cooks without them crossing over each other’s work zones.  This “T” shaped island with the curved area for seating was the perfect solution because it keeps the sink and cook zones separate from the mixed drink preparation which faces the bar stools.”

The couple wanted a large kitchen island that friends and family can easily and informally gather around while they prepare food and beverages.

An above view of a contemporary styled kitchen design with a unique shaped kitchen island.

The rest of the appliances (refrigerator and microwave) were tucked under the balcony area with a very functional, two-level countertop that works perfectly for a buffet and appetizers.

A lofted kitchen design in a contemporary remodel.

Bria full-access cabinetry was selected for the perimeter with a textured foil pattern called “Sea Salt”.  The island cabinetry was selected in Crestwood cabinetry, with a solid wood slab door “Camden” in Maple with a Poppyseed finish.  The flooring ties the gray color scheme in the kitchen with the warm wood tones of the balcony area to coordinate the entire space.

“This was such a fun and rewarding project to work on because the results are so dramatically beautiful and the homeowners are so in love with their new kitchen!!  Nancy has a good sense of style and we collaborated on the color scheme that makes this space so attractive and inviting.”


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