May/Jun
2018

Kitchen by the Sea

Written by Bob Freund
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ROCHESTER COUPLE KAREN AND TOM BARRIE HAVE LIVED IN THEIR FOUR-BEDROOM HOUSE FOR THE PAST 26 YEARS. “WE WANTED TO DO THE KITCHEN FOR (THE PAST) FIVE YEARS,” ACCORDING TO KAREN. THEY LAUNCHED THEIR KITCHEN RENOVATION AFTER DECIDING TO STAY IN ROCHESTER. THE PROJECT TOOK THREE MONTHS OF CONSTRUCTION, FROM JUNE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2017. KAREN SAYS IT WAS WORTH THE MANY MEALS COOKED OUTDOORS ON THE BACKYARD GRILL WHILE THE KITCHEN WAS OUT OF COMMISSION. 

SEA FOAM GLASS BACKSPLASH

The Barries couldn’t create an ocean view outside, but they could bring the atmosphere of a seaside cottage inside their Cape Cod-style house on Rochester’s southwest side. 

The homeowners and local design-build firm Beyond Kitchens gutted their dark, dated kitchen to transform it into a bright and open space with a hint of the sea. As they rebuilt the kitchen, they added accents reminiscent of the East Coast, where Karen spent part of her childhood. 

 

For example, a chip of glass found by Karen inspired the color of the tiled backsplash above the kitchen countertops. “I call it seafoam green,” the homeowner shares.

Before the final wave of color, the shape and layout of the kitchen needed change. Several exposed wooden beams stretched overhead across the kitchen and the adjacent great room. Workers discovered that the beams were decorative and they were not supporting the ceiling, explains Diane Quinn, owner of Beyond Kitchens. Removing the rustic beams–and a similar column that stood at the edge of the kitchen–allowed easy installation of drywall in the ceiling. 

REARRANGING THE SPACE

“The space was not very useful,” laments Karen. In fact, it was so limited that their food pantry was in a bedroom closet instead of the kitchen. Today, the Barries use a floor-to-ceiling pantry among a wall of storage cabinets in their remodeled kitchen. The remodeling added about one-third more storage space to the kitchen, she says.

Among other inconveniences, the oven and automatic dishwasher doors collided so that only one could be open at a time. Quinn and project designer, Christina Jorgensen, solved the collisions by rearranging the appliances efficiently. “I still believe in the work triangle,” Quinn maintains. The work triangle puts the refrigerator, stove and kitchen sink all within easy reach for making meals.

CENTER ISLAND

Another telltale sign of the 60s, a peninsula countertop, disappeared in the new design. It had been the main feature separating the U-shaped kitchen from the great room and a dining table. 

A center island replaced some counter space lost when the peninsula vanished. A little over 5 feet long and 3 feet wide, the island is large enough for two chairs, which fit beneath the overhang of the island’s countertop. The island also contributes to the seaside decor. Its quartz countertop is a light white, flecked with subtle sparkles. It looks a little like sand sparkling in the sun, Karen says.

Custom-made iron brackets support part of the quartz countertop. Those black brackets also are accents that reflect other dark, metallic features in the kitchen and great room. One example is a pair of Edison lights hanging over the island. 

The Barries chose black granite countertops for their main work surfaces. The brightness of the new kitchen comes largely from white cabinets reflecting light throughout the room.

A SHADE OF GREEN

Karen's piece of sea foam glass gave the room its main splash of color. “I wanted to find a color as close to that as possible,” says Karen, who is a retired graphic arts director. Its role “just kind of (ties) the whole kitchen together,” she explains. 

The search for the right tile was challenging, Quinn shares. Beyond Kitchens designers found six choices, along with a special glass grout that would not interfere with light reflections in the tiles. Quinn calls the project a “transitional” kitchen, a style between contemporary and traditional. 

 

Barrie Home Remodel Includes

Project: Kitchen Remodel

Contractor: Beyond Kitchens of Rochester

Subcontractors:

Action Plumbing & Heating

Bright Ideas 

Creative Hardwood Floors Inc.

DeGeus Tile & Granite

Roger Einck Plumbing, LLC

Doug Franta Construction

Ferguson Enterprises

Gray Painting

Larry Newman Drywall/Taping

Plato Woodwork, Inc.

Reds Electric

 

Bob Freund is a Rochester writer and regular contributor to RochesterWomen.