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Breathing (and baking) room: At the heart of Edgewood’s home renovation is the kitchen

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After four months of renting, the Baileys were ready to go home and started moving back. Brad Bailey, who loves to cook, is looking forward to preparing the family’s first meal in the new kitchen.

Written by Anne Royce

The pantry in Amy and Brad Bailey’s home in Edgewood is gone, as is the peninsula countertop in the kitchen. Alternatively there is a large butler’s pantry and a kitchen island. Two significant changes were made during the first floor overhaul.

“We had a little pantry,” said Amy Bailey. “I thought, you know, if we’re going to do this, I want to have a nice big kitchen with a big island and I want a big pantry and so we got it.”

The changes leading to a larger kitchen with long overdue features came as part of a renovation planned by the Baileys with Twin Construction of Homewood.

The house in the Homewood neighborhood was about a year old when the couple moved in 16 years ago. Their two daughters, Campbell, 15, and Sarah, 13, are raised at home. As the years went by, the family decided it was time to “do some renovation and update it,” Bailey said.

Lydia Smith, an interior designer with Twin Construction, said she and other workers have learned that the family loves to entertain frequently and wants bigger and better spaces in the home to do so.

Opening up spaces and developing a more logically flowing floor plan became central to the overall design, said Smith. The planning began when her colleague at Twin Construction, scheme designer Crystal Tucker, met with the Baileys to talk about floor plan planning and remodeling. Smith then joined the project to help them design what they wanted in those spaces.

The Baileys had to move out of their home during the four-month remodeling project due to the amount of work, which included demolishing walls and adding windows to let in more natural light. Billy said the family found a rented house in the neighborhood.

Building plans for the kitchen included expanding its size, replacing the cabinets and adding the island, which doubles as the family’s casual dining table.

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The kitchen was “kind of closed off” from the living areas of the house, said Lydia Smith, interior designer at Twin Construction, so the design called for some spaces to be rearranged to make them larger and more open.
What was the old kitchen has become the new butler’s pantry and bar area.

open house

The kitchen was “kind of closed off” from the living areas of the house, Smith said, so the design called for some spaces to be rearranged to make them larger and more open. Using the space in the screened porch and what was formerly the dining room, a great room was created open to the kitchen. This allowed the contractor to extend the size of the kitchen and rework the footprint.

What had been the old kitchen became the new butler’s pantry, which Bailey described as “magnificent”. Space has been added to the back of the house to extend the den. The powder, laundry and mudrooms were moved.

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Smith said Bailey “wanted to have space for a double oven and wanted to make sure she could have a gas stove and some places for storage” and better functionality.

Improving functionality included adding an hardware garage for the coffee machine. Bailey’s has easy access to the appliance, but when not in use it is stored out of sight by simply closing the doors in the small appliance storage.

The Baileys worked with Smith to pick out the decor for the kitchen, like updated countertops and tile in neutral tones. For the backsplash, Calcutta Gold marble tiles were applied in a herringbone pattern, Smith said. Mysterio’s Surface One has quartz countertops installed, as has a large stainless steel kitchen sink.

Smith said new lighting has been added, including recessed can lights to provide good lighting for cooking. A pair of pendant lights are installed above the new kitchen island, providing soft lighting when the family dines on the island.

With the remodel of the kitchen area, the old cabinets were removed and new ones that reach to the ceiling were installed above the worktops, expanding the storage space.

The existing wood floor has been refinished by sanding and staining and the walls have been painted White by Benjamin Moore. Smith said the rest of the interior was painted to brighten and liven up the look.

What hasn’t changed in the house is the dining room, master bedroom, and staircase to the second floor.

Bailey said the family is pleased with the completed project, especially in the time it took to do the job.

“It was a quick refresher of what we did. “It was a lot of work and it went very smoothly,” she said.

After four months in the rent, the Baileys were ready to go home and started moving back. They’re looking forward to entertaining again, and Brad Bailey, who loves to cook, is looking forward to preparing the family’s first meal in a new kitchen, his wife said.

“He’s so excited. We have a whole new big batch and we’re already thinking about what we’re going to cook first in our new kitchen,” said Billy.