Inside this Factory, Industrial Kitchen Remodel
Location: Callowhill, Philadelphia
Building type: Rowhome
Renovation style: Industrial
This renovation was a fun project for the Bellweather team. The original building was a Studebaker Parts Factory from the early 1900s and by the 1980’s it had been converted into an artist's loft. The current homeowners purchased the building with the plan of expanding the living space for their family to design their dream home in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Callowhill.
Creating New and Functional Spaces
The first, second and thirds floors consisted of dramatic open spaces, leaving the homeowners with limited residential living areas like bedrooms and bathrooms. Our goal was to keep the first level as a garage space, and reconfigure the second and third floors to create more traditional private rooms.
The focus for the renovation of this project was designing an industrial kitchen for the clients. The homeowners were looking to maintain as much of the open space as possible and honor some of the character and aesthetics of the original factory.
Our design team worked with our client to determine which existing architectural and salvage elements should be saved and how we would highlight or improve those features. The balance of new and old materials allowed us to achieve the homeowners goals of expanding the living space for their entire family to be able to enjoy.
Industrial Kitchen in Old Philadelphia Factory
Industrial style is typically easy to achieve in Philadelphia homes since it entails finding old objects and transforming them into something new and modern.
Typically, most Philly homes have brick hiding behind their walls and exposing that is one of the most effective ways to appeal to an industry design. For this old factory, we were able to feature exposed brick in the kitchen and whitewash it for a modern look and feel.
Industrial style not only looks great but it is also functional and easy to maintain, this is especially effective in a kitchen. On the large island, we included dark brown cabinets and addend a concrete countertop to bring in more of the industrial appeal. Concrete counters are inherently durable and easy to clean and maintain.
To contrast the darker island cabinets and counters, we went with white marble countertops and gray shaker style cabinets. This allowed the space to feel bright and clean. The homeowners also requested some wood elements and that’s where the raw shiplap wall comes in. Instead of adding backsplash throughout, we decided for a wood accent wall in the rear of this kitchen. When you first walk in, this statement piece will be sure to catch your eye!
From the new, stainless steel appliances, to the Edison bulb island light fixtures, this kitchen showcases all the elements of industrial style.
Bellweather Design-Build Delivers
In addition to the kitchen renovation, we also created a 4th story addition in this factory conversion. The existing second and third floors did not provide our clients with the 3 bedroom minimum that they needed to be comfortable, so the Bellweather Design-Build team consulted with one of our zoning specialists to use the CMX commercial warehouse zoning classification to build another story to add a bedroom addition.
Home remodeling is an exciting opportunity to transform a space you love into a beautiful and functional home. Allow us to support you through one of the most rewarding investments of your life by contacting us today.
- Factory, Industrial Kitchen Renovation
- Two different cabinet colors, gray and black
- Marble & Concrete Countertops
- Exposed Brick & Raw Shiplap