about the neighborhood
Reviving the heart of a home like this mid-century was a joy. The home is nestled along the northern edge of Oak Cliff, an up-and-coming, or should we say rejuvenating, neighborhood across the Trinity River from Dallas. In the ’50s and ’60s it was a working family’s dream to get the promotion that led to relocation to this area about 4 miles from downtown. Though convenient to the center of Dallas, it is a world away with its gently rolling topography and large mature trees near Bishop Arts District and Twelve Hills Nature Center. Adding outdoor recreation to the exclusive hamlet is the Stevens Park golf course with the claim to fame of the best view of “Big D” from the elevated tee of its 15th hole.
As in the mid-20th century, the Oak Cliff area is having a resurgence, drawing those with success to move in. Luckily the modern-day citizenry has historic preservation and support of local business in its blood so the area remains feeling like home in spite of its rapidly changing ownership.
oak cliff mid-century kitchen renovation
Our clients are lucky to have lived in their Oak Cliff home for more than a decade slowly renovating. And, now the couple decided it was time to breathe new life into the heart of the home, the kitchen.
After a few visits to the eggersmann Dallas showroom, the husband spoke to Kegan Wilson, one of our Dallas kitchen designers. After the initial conversation, he returned with his wife and the back-and-forth collaborative effort of completely revamping the kitchen’s floor plan and functionality began.
new kitchen layout
We started by reviewing their current kitchen’s L-shaped layout with an island. They had hand-sketched the layout inside the front cover of our eggersmann brochure. It is always exciting and comforting to know that a new client loves what you offer.
Kegan found working with the couple supremely easy because their dream was his…as Kegan put it, “Their preferred aesthetic is exactly what I love.”
They wanted to modernize the kitchen opening it up to allow more light in and improve the natural traffic flow. But they were not sure how to make the dream fit in the footprint. They were removing the hallway and pantry from the wall adjacent to the kitchen to clear the way to install cabinetry on that wall, but from there, they put it in Kegan’s hands.
Talks of keeping the L-shape vanished after Kegan presented a double-island design with varying types of cabinetry along the walls to maximize use of the floor space and vertical space. With the help of the homeowners’ general contractor, Orlando Martinez, the kitchen design completely blew through the back wall, creating a fully open space to connect both gathering spaces.
Each of the islands had their own functionalities. A small walk-in pantry was integrated to the end of the wall of tall cabinets. Custom cabinets and drawers were added to improve efficiency of the step-in pantry they had before. Inside the pantry, a glass worktop was added as a home for their espresso machine and stand mixer.
Throughout the kitchen and pantry drawer lighting and interior drawer organizers and accessories added custom functionality and maximized storage of this kitchen.
One of the biggest obstacles to a quick and easy design for this kitchen was finding the right balance for the desired aesthetic. He was born and raised in Denmark so he naturally had an affinity for ultra-minimal, modern Danish-style design. But she, a native Texan, wanted texture, depth, and coziness.
Kegan suggested the eggersmann’s Modena and Toledo-profiled cabinetry ranges that offered the sleek style he wanted with the soft satin-texture lacquer finishes that spoke to her need for tactile and visual warmth. Flush-installing the fridge and ovens into the wall kept the long cabinet wall simple and minimal and the push-to-open handle-less Gaggenau appliances kept the ultra-modern appeal going. Adding dimensional levels such as floating a buffet on one wall and a slightly raised wood plank style breakfast bar kept the modern design from feeling too cold or predictable for her.
snaps from our designer’s smartphone
Kegan took a few pictures on his smartphone during the final walk-through with the client.
the “before” pictures
These shots of the kitchen before the demolition highlight the dramatic transformation. Look how much more light and openness removing the wall created.
kitchen island and base cabinets:
- Cabinets: E-sign cabinetry in Toledo Graphite Satin Textured Lacquer
- Counters: Cambria Clareanne Quartz
- Handles: Bilbao Stainless Steel Brushed #912 handle reveals
- Breakfast bar: Chablis Vintage Oak bar top
- Backsplash: Opti-white White Glass
kitchen tall & wall cabinets
- Cabinets: E-sign cabinetry in Modena Pearl White Satin Textured Lacquer
- Fronts: Modena Graphite Satin Textured Lacquer
- Worktop/side panels: UNIQUE Hot Rolled Steel
pantry tall & base cabinets
- Fronts: Modena Graphite Satin Textured Lacquer
- Worktop: Opti-white Silver Glass
- 36” Gaggenau Fridge
- 24” Gaggenau Freezer
- 18” Gaggenau Wine
- 30” Gaggenau Wall Oven
- 30” Gaggenau Combi-Speed Oven
- 36” Gaggenau Induction Cooktop
- 24” Gaggenau Dishwasher
- 48” Wolf Ceiling Mounted Hood
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