The recipe for how to double a kitchen: Add a wall of folding glass doors, and then blend a terrace and garden into the mix. The owners of a semidetached Victorian in Dulwich, in south London, tried it out; take a look at their results.
Photography via JJ Locations.
Above: When the glass doors are folded back, the garden becomes an instant extension of the kitchen. Concrete flooring blurs the lines between indoors and out. (See Remodeling 101: Polished Concrete Floors.) And if you’re experiencing cutting board envy, go to 10 Easy Pieces: Display-Worthy Cutting Boards and Cutting Boards to Covet.
Above: The tiered garden itself is cleverly divided into two rooms: The lower level serves as a place for barbecuing and lounging and the upper level is a low-maintenance green garden, all of it enclosed by slatted wood fencing. (See Gardenista’s Hardscaping 101: Design Guide for Fences for ideas about styles, height, and costs.)
Above: The hub of the kitchen is its minimalist marble island with waterfall edges. (Dreaming of your own marble island? Learn the pros and cons in Remodeling 101: Marble Countertops and take a look at Designer Krista Nye Schwartz’s Marble Island and 11 Kitchen Islands Gone Glamorous.) For a similar faucet, consider the Kohler K-6131-3-2BZ Oil-Rubbed Bronze Parq Deck-Mount Faucet.
Above: The kitchen has plenty of storage seamlessly incorporated above and below the sink and along the back wall. Like the hardware-free look? See Remodeling 101: Invisible Touch-Latch Hardware and Reveal Openings.
Above: The eating area is elegantly set off by a paneled black wall. To link the dark and light halves of the room, the turned wood table is painted tuxedo style. The two wood chairs are classic Ercols, paired with an Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair with Dowel Legs.
Above: Counter seating and an sofa, all in black and white, further blur the lines between indoors and out. For similar stools, consider the Sawkille Co. Oxidized Maple Drink Stool from March in San Francisco. See 10 Easy Pieces: Black Wharf Lights for similar outdoor sconces.
Working on your own kitchen? Consult our Remodeling 101 archive for advice on everything from counter and cabinet materials to where to place electrical outlets. And get inspired by our Kitchens of the Week:
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