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Ardmore Kitchen with Nook

Location: Ardmore, PA

Building type: English Cottage

Renovation style: Modern

This client is a landscape designer with an absolutely stunning back yard. She and her husband had lived in this home for many years and had often imagined how they could design a way to declutter their kitchen's floor plan and let in more light. The existing kitchen was almost big enough but it was caught between a tight doorway to the dining room, a cramped laundry room with a tiny window looking onto her backyard. What to do?

Tearing Down the Walls and Improving Sight Lines

We all agreed that we wanted improved lines of sight which would mean removing walls, but our client needed to understand what was the optimal layout to connect all three rooms together to create unique working, eating, and play areas? What would be the cost of removing structural walls?

We focused on the central kitchen area and started by discussing options for cabinet floor plans. The design would need to include some separation to define the use of each space: the dining room needed to seat six people and the kitchen would occasionally need to accommodate two cooks. She was hoping for a few options for eating and hanging out aside from the formal dining area, but she didn't want the food preparation to compete with the same counter space as the hang-out surfaces. We decided to open up the entire wall between the kitchen and dining room with a peninsula but then to steal a few feet of space from the dining room in order to expand the counter. To separate the cooking and non-cooking surfaces, we opted for a two-tiered overhang and a couple of stools. 

French Casement Windows for an Oversized View of the Landscaped Yard

For the rear of the kitchen, she decided that she would be ok moving the laundry to the basement, which allowed us to remove the walls surrounding the old laundry addition, enlarge the old small window with an oversized pair of french casement windows and install a very small powder room next to the new breakfast nook. The final design was a great success. The floor plan now allows for generous working clearances and multiple eating and hang-out areas with expansive new views inside this cute home and plenty of natural light. She can finally invite her clients over to discuss new projects at her breakfast nook and to see her amazing yard!


  • Semi-custom maple cabinets with glass fronts
  • Caeserstone countertops
  • Natural stone backsplash
  • Energy-efficient windows and exterior door