Vicky and Andrew Richmond recently purchased their first home: the top floor of a 3 Flat in North Chicago. Vicky likes the neighborhood feel and the easy walk to the El, which is how she commutes to her Marketing job. Andrew bikes to his photography studio when weather permits. They’re remodeling their 3-bedroom flat and have put a large portion of their budget into the structure of the building, closing windows that looked onto brick walls and adding clerestory windows for light. They also added a back deck so they can barbeque when the weather is good.
Keeping budget in mind, The Richmonds wanted this remodel to be timeless, not trendy. They wanted the materials to be compatible with the age of the flat so it would feel like they’ve been there forever, and they prefer clean lines. They make some weekday meals at home together and enjoy experimenting with “take-out fusion,” the practice of combining leftovers from favorite restaurants and adding new ingredients. A kitchen with lots of workspace that could also be used as a gathering place for family and friends was a must.
A combination of traditional materials with the clean streamlined lines of Bosch appliances gives the Richmond kitchen the perfect modern feel that will stand the test of time. The soft off-white perimeter cabinets keep the feel light and are a great companion for the dark cherry island and banquette cabinets. The brushed nickel handles and pyramid knobs make a beautiful statement on both the off-white and cherry cabinets and give a nod to the Mission Period. A simple, oversized fabric light fixture is a clean contemporary complement to the rectangular island.
• All homeowners appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.