Once we to begin with determined so as to add 1,000 sq. ft to our Malibu seashore area as a part of the renovation, I mentally divvied it up into more than a few portions of the home: extending the main suite, perhaps including on a brand new toilet and closet, increasing the kitchen. That form of factor. So, once I laid eyes on our architect Doug Burdge’s first draft of our renovation plans, I used to be shocked that he’d put all of our further sq. photos into one house, which he dubbed “The Nice Room.” Upon better exam, it grew to become out to be one large open kitchen with a fire on one finish. Huh.

Although my preliminary reaction used to be wonder (“Are we positive that’s the most productive use of house?”), Doug’s plan printed what I imagine to be an excessively trendy solution to structure—designing with our wishes and private values first, even though that supposed throwing out a couple of expectancies within the procedure.

Since our circle of relatives’s best precedence is to create an environment for connection and making other people really feel welcome, what higher strategy to foster that sense of togetherness than thru one giant open room that’s made for accumulating? The extra I seemed thru my inspiration pictures and envisioned the circle of relatives vacations and dinners with pals on this area, the extra excited I were given in regards to the house.

So, let’s get started with a have a look at the home’s present kitchen, to provide you with an concept of the less-than-ideal stipulations we’re operating with (and why we’re ranging from scratch with it.)

This is the present kitchen:

The kitchen “prior to”. Our up to date kitchen will probably be totally relocated to the brand new addition.

The present bungalow kitchen is wedged right into a nook of the again of the home. Once I’m cooking or doing dishes, my again is grew to become to any person else within the room. Total it has a closed-off feeling that’s no longer conducive to my taste of cooking, which is all about casually conversing with Adam or my youngsters whilst I chop.

I’ve a long-held dream of a large kitchen window above the sink that floods the room with sunshine.

It’s a design component I’ve by no means had in a area that I’ve lived in, therefore why my “Dream Kitchen” Pinterest board is roofed in massive kitchen home windows.

And now, for the brand new Nice Room addition—I’ll lead with the visuals to provide you with an concept of what we’re envisioning, after which I’ll provide an explanation for. This is the inner rendering—word that colours and finishes aren’t correct but, however this presentations the distance:

I will’t wait till the day once I’m prepping for dinner with the track grew to become up, glass of wine in hand, and ocean breezes blowing in during the open doorways.

Listed below are among the key components that we’ve carved out for this house:

Wall of doorways that totally opens

I feel that each area will have to have one component that makes a big remark. It’s the design second that, if visitors have in mind little else, no less than they received’t disregard it. In our seashore area mission, the 30-foot wall of pocket doorways that open instantly to the outdoor is, undoubtedly, that remark. Since one of the crucial causes we’re interested in Southern California is the power to spend 365 days of the 12 months outdoor, one among our best priorities is making a herbal go with the flow between the indoors and out. All of our home windows and doorways are coming from Marvin, and I’m in point of fact enthusiastic about the gorgeous wood-framed choices we’re going with.

inspiration symbol from our house excursion with jodie fried

Plus, this seamless transition allows us to show the lined terrace into an outside eating room that may really feel like a part of the good room house. No, it’s no longer a standard solution to a eating room, however for a circle of relatives that likes to devour as many foods open air as imaginable, it really works.

Outsized kitchen island

The Nice Room’s point of interest is a 13-foot kitchen island that to start with felt virtually too giant, however upon additional investigation, is scaled good in context with the dimensions of this room. It is a hardworking island that may greater than earn its stay—no longer handiest will or not it’s the central accumulating position for kitchen prep and informal eating, however it’s going to additionally area the cooktop and major sink, plus heaps of garage. The inner aspect of the island can have deep drawers the place we’ll stay the whole lot from plates and bowls to flatware. The aspect going through outward can have open shelving for cookbooks and show items at the corners with house for barstools within the middle. Since the remainder of the kitchen has minimum cabinetry, we’re depending in this island to carry a lot.

kitchen island inspo from our house excursion with Brian and Jessie De Lowe

Hearth to anchor the room

Since we’re no longer including a delegated “lounge” to the home, we’ve carved out one finish of the good room as the world the place we’ll comfy up with a tumbler of wine and a just right e book. And there’s not anything like a fire to welcome everybody to kick up their ft —plus it’s a design component that may supply transparent differentiation between the “cooking” a part of the room and the “enjoyable” a part of the room, despite the fact that they received’t be separated by means of a real wall. We’re making plans to put a spherical desk surrounded by means of low-slung chairs in entrance of the fireplace—an inviting spot for a comfortable dinner for 2 or sport evening with the youngsters.

Beverage station

I sought after to design the extra “lounge-y” aspect of the good room (close to the hearth) in some way that flowed with the kitchen, however didn’t really feel such as you have been nonetheless in the kitchen. Alternatively, since we traded in maximum of our higher cabinetry for a large kitchen window (extra on that underneath), we wanted the entire further garage shall we get. So, I designated the wall that runs perpendicular to the hearth as a bar and beverage station. It’s going to hang sensible pieces like wine garage, coffeemaker, mugs, and glassware. And it’s going to additionally characteristic extra design-forward components, like our antique turntable and sculptural items at the open shelving, to stay it from feeling too just like a part of the kitchen. 

Montauk assets designed by means of Vanessa Alexanderpicture by means of Chris Mottalini

And closing however no longer least… I in the end get my giant kitchen window!

As discussed, I’ve lengthy dreamed of a remark kitchen window that floods the distance with sunshine. And no longer handiest will our 10-foot large x 6-foot top window let in heaps of herbal mild, however additionally it is a completely functioning slider that opens as much as the again patio. There will probably be a counter at the external aspect that’s best possible for serving beverages and passing meals to throw at the grill.

One design choice I’m nonetheless considering is what form of tree to plant simply outdoor this window. Because the visible point of interest to this room, it’s as the most important to the design components as any inner piece of artwork, so I’m coming near it with the similar degree of thoughtfulness. As of now, my best contenders are both a gnarly, twisting decorative olive tree, or a lush citrus tree—simply consider having the ability to open up the window and pluck a ripe orange proper off the branches! It’s laborious to image the rest dreamier, however I’ll will let you know the place we finally end up.