Enjoy this photo tour for our beautiful Modern Townhouse Project. We are starting on the main floor of this newly built home with the entryway, kitchen, pantry, powder room and back entrance mudroom.
Not a your builder basic design…
As we started working on the design plans for this project for Garold and Amanda, we were excited about their vision for a clean, modern and bright home and were open to all kinds of ideas. They liked straight lines, flat surfaces and muted colors.
After reviewing the house plans and walking through the space during framing, our team of designers suggested to the first-time home builders to remove a few key walls on the main floor. Removing the wall separating the back door from the kitchen opened up the back entrance to the kitchen allowing for a larger kitchen.
Bonus: removing these walls also improved traffic flow and increased the natural light.
The coffee nook beside the fridge would not have been possible if the wall had not been removed. It opened up the kitchen floor plan enough to include an upper cabinet between the window and the fridge. The open shelf above provides easy access to styled mugs and coffee supplies.
The open shelving built-in to the upper cabinets create visual interest with contrasting wood grain interiors. They are made with the same wood grain melamine as the base cabinets and therefore tie the elements together. They are also fabulous for displaying dishes or glassware.
Most people that have a small kitchen are hesitant to style it or work with a designer because they are worried that they will not have enough space to hold everything and that it will cost dramatically more. In reality, small kitchens need special consideration in order to function and flow properly, and that includes adequate prepping, cooking and storage space. Small kitchens benefit from design. By capturing elements found in large kitchens, like specialty range hoods, it is easy to make a space feel larger than it really is.
In this modern kitchen, we chose to go with a stainless steel hood range (in slate) to break up the cabinetry and make a statement. Many people opt to go with an over the range microwave. While this is a convenient two-in-one appliance, having a microwave over the range is not ideal for all homeowners and definitely a design no-no! The microwave over the range still needs to be vented up and out like the stainless steel hood, this does not leave much, if any space in a cabinet above. Why buy a cabinet you can’t even use when you can add style to your space instead?
Everything in its place…
The back entrance mudroom organizes this families outer wear including backpacks, shoes and jackets. The storage above hides off-season items and the back wall is shiplapped and painted to match the cabinetry. Designer hooks pair perfectly with the cabinets handle hardware.
The kitchen design originally had a basic bifolding door style pantry. U.G.L.Y. Instead, Garold removed the framing for the pantry and in its place we designed this beautiful 20” deep pantry that extends to the ceiling. The open shelf in the middle is great for displaying dishes or liquor bottles for a little home bar. The great thing about keeping the depth of the pantry to 20” is that it makes it difficult to loose items in the very back. Also, it opens up the floor space and improves traffic flow through the kitchen.
The front entry closet was supposed to be another simple bifolding door storage space. Again, we had the framing removed and extended cabinets to the ceiling. Behind the large double doors is a hanging rod for jackets and to the right is adjustable shelving and room for the vacuum and mops.
Each bedroom features a custom built-in closet and dresser combo instead of the traditional bifolding door style. By taking the closet all the way up the the ceiling you can get 2-4 drawers with hanging space and a shelf above! Beautiful and a great use of space.
Designer Tip: Removing a dresser from any room will make it feel way bigger by opening up the floor space.
The master bedroom includes a small walk-in closet that needs to maximize space. This simple closet has tons of hanging space, with shelving above. Down below there are eight large dresser drawers and custom shelving for totes and shoes.
The master bedroom also has a private ensuite bathroom. Amanda loves being outdoors and we wanted to create a space for her that was relaxing. We chose this soft sage green and paired it with a simple white laminate countertop for a luxury feel. Keeping with the modern theme of the home we continued with the slab front cabinet doors and included lots of drawers for storage. Beside the tub we custom designed this matching green linen tower with frosted glass uppers.
The main bathrooms in the house we kept super simple and cost effective. No need for fancy frills here. We chose the same dark wood grain cabinets as the kitchen bases because of their price point and to keep the house cohesive. We used the same white laminate countertops from the ensuite vanity because of their luxury feel.
Budget Tip: Chose design elements wisely and don’t be afraid to keep costs low by going basic in the rooms that don’t need everything. For example a powder room doesn’t need to be fancy. As long as guests can find extra towel paper and a dry towel it doesn’t need to cost tons!
Take a tour of this project
Want to walk through the space in detail? Click below to take a 360 degree tour online!