Greystone Traditional Goes Contemporary

By Adam Little, July 27, 2010 | In Renovation Design |

In December 2009, we (Frusterio Design+Build) were contacted to renovate this traditional home in the Greystone community in Hoover, AL. The home was originally designed by Chuck Frusterio in 1994. The homeowners,who love contemporary design,

contacted FDB (follow us @frusterio /@FrusterioDB and while you’re at it @mihiadam) to renovate their traditional kitchen into a “contemporary show piece.”

Preliminary Before and After Layout of Renovation changes.

The existing kitchen was very closed off from the Living Room. A wall of cabinets was removed and replaced with a 7’6″ wide opening and a curved raised eating bar. A sapele (new one to me as well, so here is an informative Wiki page for others not familiar with African wood) soffit that matches the arc of the countertop was added above the raised bar. The African sapele cabinets continue on each side of the bar, with barrel vaults created at the original openings from the kitchen to the Living Room and a built-in desk area adjacent to the Dining Room.

Before and After Views from Sunroom toward Living Room

In order to open the wall between the Kitchen and Living Room, the appliances needed to be relocated. The refrigerator was replaced with a Sub-Zero profile and faced with sapele panels to match the cabinets. The existing desk area under the stairs was replaced with the new range area with glass backsplash. A walk-in pantry was added across from the new desk area. The existing bulky island was removed and replaced with a two-tiered island. The first level countertop is granite and the raised prep area is 2″ crackled glass with a stainless-steel trim. The island is supported by stainless posts. One of these posts continues through the countertop and transitions into a vegetable sink. The small existing window looking out to the Sunroom was replaced with a quad bi-fold window. The granite countertop at the sink will continue out to an eating bar in the Sunroom.

Before and After Views from Living Room toward Sunroom

A dropped sapele/stainless soffit on the ceiling mimics the island below. It has several recessed lights and well as three pendant lights that reflect off of the crackled glass countertop.

Before and After Views from Morning Room toward Dining Room

Well, this is my first attempt at a blog and thats about as thorough as I get. I will let the whole “picture says a thousand words” take it from here.

Thanks for reading!

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In December 2009, we (Frusterio Design+Build) were contacted to renovate this traditional home in the Greystone community in Hoover, AL. The home was originally designed by Chuck Frusterio in 1994. The homeowners,who love contemporary design, contacted FDB (follow us @frusterio /@FrusterioDB and while you’re at it @mihiadam) to renovate their traditional kitchen into a “contemporary show piece.”
Preliminary Before and After Layout of Renovation changes.
The existing kitchen was very closed off from the Living Room. A wall of cabinets was removed and replaced with a 7’6″ wide opening and a curved raised eating bar. A sapele (new one to me as well, so here is an informative Wiki page for others not familiar with African wood) soffit that matches the arc of the countertop was added above the raised bar. The African sapele cabinets continue on each side of the bar, with barrel vaults created at the original openings from the kitchen to the Living Room and a built-in desk area adjacent to the Dining Room.

Before and After Views from Sunroom toward Living Room
In order to open the wall between the Kitchen and Living Room, the appliances needed to be relocated. The refrigerator was replaced with a Sub-Zero profile and faced with sapele panels to match the cabinets. The existing desk area under the stairs was replaced with the new range area with glass backsplash. A walk-in pantry was added across from the new desk area. The existing bulky island was removed and replaced with a two-tiered island. The first level countertop is granite and the raised prep area is 2″ crackled glass with a stainless-steel trim. The island is supported by stainless posts. One of these posts continues through the countertop and transitions into a vegetable sink. The small existing window looking out to the Sunroom was replaced with a quad bi-fold window. The granite countertop at the sink will continue out to an eating bar in the Sunroom.

Before and After Views from Living Room toward Sunroom
A dropped sapele/stainless soffit on the ceiling mimics the island below. It has several recessed lights and well as three pendant lights that reflect off of the crackled glass countertop.

Before and After Views from Morning Room toward Dining Room
Well, this is my first attempt at a blog and thats about as thorough as I get. I will let the whole “picture says a thousand words” take it from here.
Thanks for reading!
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  2. WOW! That’s some transformation, Adam… Looks awesome!

    I can imagine how much of a difference the new look and space is being enjoyed by the homeowner.

    Nice work!

    Comment by Nick @ Cupboards — July 28, 2010 @ 9:03 am

  3. Awesome, great job, thats a gem of a kitchen.

    Comment by eric cooley — August 3, 2010 @ 5:30 am

  4. Thanks Eric! It was fun doing a modern renovation in Greystone. We are very happy with the result.

    Comment by mihiadam — August 3, 2010 @ 10:11 am

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