Project Type: Interior Remodel
Team: Jon Nordby (Architect) Julie Nordby (Interior Designer)
Nordby Design Studio was hired to transform this original kitchen built in the 1970s as the model unit of this new high rise condo building. The clients inherited the unit and needed to sale it. Since it has never been remodel since it was originally bought by the client's mother many years ago.
The kitchen was enclosed with walls and had no views to the surrounding hills and river. It was a typical kitchen for that era to place it out of site from your entertaining areas. We needed to update it and to also open it up to the rest of the condo spaces. While removing a lot of floor to ceiling mirrored walls we also re-laid the kitchen to add island of sorts and due to the existing stricture of the floor and ceiling we could not move the locations of plumbing. So we kept the sink and refrigerator in the same locations and we were able to move the wall oven/ micro wave and also the cook top.
We wanted to create open great room feel yet make it sleek and contempory with the hint of glam. We able to also add a wet bar area that was left over space due to the existing HVAC in the lowered ceiling areas. With the use of dark solid walnut cabinets, quartz countertops, and tile back space we created a dramatic new kitchen the flows and works better than before. The kitchen is no longer dark and hidden and now opens to the other areas of the condo and the fantastic views of the foothills of South Portland, Oregon.