Elegant Family Spaces with Entertaining in Mind

These homeowners asked us to design an updated kitchen with improved space planning, a modern aesthetic, and better storage and function. Additionally, they asked us to update their entire first floor for open entertaining and cohesiveness with the kitchen.

We removed built-in cabinetry around the hearth room fireplace and created a new entry into the family room. Both doorways were widened and now flaunt clean modern arches for consistency with the arches throughout the home. The circular traffic flow allows an openness for entertaining in the kitchen, hearth room and family room. We eliminated built-ins on either side of the hearth room fireplace, simplified the design, and painted the original fireplace black. We installed polished marbled white tile on the face and hearth, which gives it a modern aesthetic that coordinates well with the kitchen cabinetry.

In the 2-storied family room, we knew we wanted the fireplace wall to be our focal point. By framing the fireplace wall forward, we created dimension, recessing the firebox and surround. Polished 5-1/2’ by 10-1/2’ Calacatta Topaz porcelain slabs were installed floor to ceiling with matching hearth for a sophisticated impact. With the new fireplace wall, we wanted to elevate the aesthetic of the entire room, so we removed the crown moulding and added a coffered ceiling featuring a large bronze chandelier to give the room impact. In the entry, we rebuilt the banister and stairs for a modern look, removed the carpet, and added a runner. The balustrade was stained to match the kitchen cabinetry and the stair treads to match the newly refinished hardwoods. Additionally, we added a matching chandelier for cohesiveness with the family room. The dining room received a fresh paint palette and gold pendants elevate this space as well.

Between the dining room and kitchen, we repurposed a coat closet, enlarged the opening, and increased the height of the space. This allowed us to incorporate a wet bar into this entertainers-dream of the first floor. A brass hand hammered sink, beverage faucet with filtered chilled water, and a bar faucet, add all you would want for guests. Custom cabinetry, a paneled ice maker, and beverage refrigerator will make this space a frequent gathering place. Further down the hall an unused “mom’s desk” was repurposed, and a barn door now gives access to a large walk-in pantry, a must have for these homeowners. At the end of the hall, we gave a small powder bath an update, adding a wallpapered focal wall, a floating vanity, and chic lighting, giving this room the elegance, it deserved. Finally, we removed the carpet in the family room, from the stairs and dining room, and added new hardwood flooring in some areas while refinishing the hardwoods in others.

In this homeowners’ own words:
“Corinthian really hit a home run with our project.”

The finished remodel not only improved how this family functions in their home, but also brings a stunning aesthetic, with the WOW factor starting in the entry.

Location: Indianapolis, IN

Unique Features:

  • Hot and cold beverage faucets
  • Walk-in pantry with barn door
  • 2- story marble fireplace

Credits: Photography by Sara C Imagery

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