So the couple enlisted the help of designer Wanda Horton, who suggested demolishing a peninsula separating the kitchen from the breakfast nook, and fully opening up the cook space to the eating area, yielding a combined space of 308 square feet. A pro-style, six-burner range and vent hood moved to the opposite wall, where an underused built-in desk had stood. A new undermount sink went in beneath a bank of divided-light double-hung windows that preserve views of the Clyburns’ 13 scenic acres. A slightly enlarged work island and perimeter counters offer ample, distinct prep stations. Crisp white flat-panel cabinets inspired by the vintage originals incorporate ergonomic banks of deep drawers.
“We kept the best architectural features, while greatly improving the comfort and function,” says Steve of the refreshed space. To which Gay succinctly adds, “It’s perfect!”
Shown: A slightly larger island crafted of salvaged walnut is a pleasure to look at—and work at. The tumbled-travertine backsplash and leathered-granite countertops add subtle natural textures and patterns.
Contractor: Byron Lawson Builders, LLC, Charlotte, NC
Paint: Argos (walls), Sherwin-Williams; Decorator’s White (cabinets), Benjamin Moore