Transforming Outdated 90s Spaces into Contemporary Havens
The decade of the 90s has plenty of nostalgia, but unfortunately, that same admiration doesn’t usually extend to the layout of homes built at that time. Kitchens tended to be closed off from the rest of the home (rather than as a place to accommodate a gathering of people together). Similarly, living rooms were cramped and sectioned off, flanked oftentimes by unnecessary walls, columns, and doors to create a private area. In today’s world, however, having an open space that feels connected – from the kitchen to the living and dining rooms – is much preferred over separate smaller areas. Thus, remodeling the 90s-era layout is a must. If you’ve got a layout in need of an overhaul, you’re not alone. Read on for two of our project reveals where we did just that, and remember that a refresh is attainable – it just takes a touch of creativity!
Pheasant Ridge Road
While the original kitchen in this home had perfectly functional amenities (bar seating and an adjoining dinette space, to name a few), it felt cramped and too closed off from the rest of the space. The wall to the left of the sink blocked the view to the great room and the pantry and island on the back end of the kitchen left only a small and narrow hallway to get to the nearby dining room.
The solution was to open everything up while still maintaining the general layout of the original kitchen. We removed the wall between the kitchen and great room, which then allowed us to revamp the peninsula into a huge curved island that could accommodate our clients’ growing extended family. The original small kitchen island was removed as well, which instantly made the space feel larger and less cluttered, making way for easy access via both sides of the new curved island. Additionally, we replaced the original pantry with a much more user-friendly setup, including a coffee and wine nook that allowed for daily use and plenty of extra built-in storage (not to mention a more seamless transition into the dining room). Keeping to the grey and white scheme, we paired grey quartz countertops with creamy white cabinets and a coat of Sherwin Williams Dovetail on the walls for an overall chic, but welcoming, vibe.
As you may have seen from our recent Jordan Whole Home Project Reveal series, this home was firmly rooted in 1990s-era style, complete with individually partitioned and separated rooms, cherry trim and cabinets, and heavy built-ins throughout. And while the house itself was quite spacious in terms of square footage, it was hard to tell since everything was so segregated. There was a lack of flow between the kitchen and dining room (a difficult situation especially when hosting), and the kitchen’s island bar was far too small to accommodate our clients’ family size (let alone offer a space to comfortably prepare each meal). The living room, too, felt far too small, barricaded in by angled walls and wood columns. What the space needed was to be opened up dramatically to really take advantage of what it had to offer.
We made several drastic improvements, including removing the wall between the kitchen and living room, as well as the wall going into the dining room. In fact, the entire space was opened up fully with no walls separating any corner at all. Rather, furniture was strategically arranged to provide visual separation, and because of this, the main floor instantly felt enormous by comparison to its previous arrangement. Natural light was able to flood unobstructed into every nook, and the layout’s flow made far more sense for keeping things organized and free of clutter. The kitchen, too, received a major upgrade with a spacious kitchen island that comfortably sat six and a smooth transition from the newly-remodeled kitchen to the airy back screened-in porch. The overall effect was welcoming and bright.
So, what do you say? Are you ready to take the leap and transform your 90s-era layout? Contact us today to hear all about how we can help you achieve the space of your dreams. It’s never too late!