We officially closed on the IDCO Lake House! Now that we have the keys, our design plans will begin coming to life quickly. Last week we revealed the entryway inspiration and design plan, and you can catch up on the exterior plan here. Aside from the 165 feet of waterfront and wrap around deck, the kitchen was actually one of our favorite parts of this house. Kitchens are typically my favorite thing to design (get the details of our kitchen renovation here). Below, we’re outlining what stays, what goes, and revealing the final kitchen design plan.
The existing kitchen at the IDCO Lake House is actually very similar to where our home’s kitchen began when we bought it three years ago. It measures 12×12, has a very large walk in pantry which we’re excited about. The kitchen is squared off by a large peninsula with one of those annoying raise bar counters. There is also a small window above the sink that overlooks the cove. What was most exciting about this kitchen were the oak inset cabinets that are still in great condition. While their door fronts aren’t a true shaker style, they didn’t have any extra “decoration” happening and right away I knew we’d be able to keep them. Keep scrolling for the reveal on how we’ll transform this space!
Instead of the vertical shiplap, super cottage look you’d expect me to design, we’re actually going for a much more streamlined modern cabin design. We’ll be keeping the walls smooth in the space, wrapping the counters up to a single shelf, and going for high contrast. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite design inspiration for the IDCO Lake House kitchen.
Design + Photography by Aimee Song
Design by Jess Thomas
Design by Jake Arnold
While the overall footprint of the kitchen won’t change much, this space will get a major glow up! By dropping the peninsula bar to counter height, we’ll open up the space significantly and create an eat-in kitchen option. These beautiful Serena & Lily stools inspired the majority of the design decisions. I love their sleek, modern look that still feels a bit rustic with their natural materials. Read on to see the complete design plan for the IDCO Lake House kitchen!
Immediately upon entering the kitchen, I had a clear vision for what needed to happen. Not surprisingly, we’ll remove the upper cabinets on all walls. Because this is a second home and will be used for rental purposes occasionally, we won’t need so much cabinet storage. Taking down the upper cabinets will also let in immense natural light that’s currently being blocked off. You can see how that simple change of removing the upper cabinets transformed our kitchen renovation here. This project actually kicks off tonight!
In the kitchen, we’ll be smoothing the walls and painting them Sherwin Williams’ Greek Villa. It’s the prettiest creamy white that will balance the green reflections coming in from the trees outside. I went with the flat finish for more of a plaster feel in the Sherwin Williams Emerald® Designer Edition for it’s durability, coverage ability and clean-ability.
After we’ve demo’d the upper cabinets, we’ll be staining the lower cabinetry black using Minwax Performance Series Tintable Wood Stain in Ebony MW 2718. Using at least three coats of the Minwax Ebony Wood Stain, we’ll achieve the super dark look I was hoping for on these cabinets. To begin, we’ll test different sanding and staining techniques on the cabinet doors we removed from the uppers to perfect the stain application. Then, we’ll swap out the cabinet hardware for this beautiful oil rubbed bronze option with backplate for a tone-on-tone effect. Make sure to follow along on Instagram for all the progress.
While we are in love with the marble counters we used in our kitchen at home, there is concern about the upkeep of a natural stone in a lake house. In full transparency, I was actually really nervous about it. After a lot of research, samples, testing, and more research, we finally made a choice. To ensure longevity, durability, and quality, we’ve decided to go with Caesarstone quartz countertops. Caesarstone’s customer service has been incredible and I love that I know exactly what we’ll get. Especially because we’re completeling most of this renovation from 3 hours away in Austin, I have so much peace of mind knowing we’re working with an incredible team with indestructible counters.
Initially, I was torn between going smooth and dark or light and bright. After reviewing dozens of samples, I was actually really drawn to the intricate and bold pattern of the new Caesarstone Abaretto 5171. It’s bold, feels modern yet rustic, and doesn’t look like it’s trying to be something it’s not. While I love the look of natural stone, I didn’t want our Caesarstone to try to emulate that aesthetic. I love the balance of warm and cool hues and the dimension in the Abaretto.
To make the counters feel even more special, we’ll be wrapping the Caeserstone up the backsplash and creating a single shelf. This streamlined, open feel not only will make the kitchen appear larger, it will also be more easy to navigate as a rental property. Guests will easily find glasses, bowls and plates on the single shelf without having to dig through drawers or cabinets. And we all know I love a good shelfie styling moment.
Obviously, the appliances are going to need to be replaced. Because this is a lake house, we actually don’t have gas at all. I began researching electric and induction ranges right away and found this post by Emily Henderson super helpful. We definitely wanted something beautiful (we love our Hallman range at home), but also wasn’t prepared to spend $10,000+ on a stove for a weekend house. After a good 20 hours searching, I fell in love with the Verona Appliance line. Their short lead time (only 4-5 weeks!) was obviously a huge draw, but the industrial look and color options did it for me. We went with the Verona 36 Inch Freestanding Electric Range in Matte Black. So cute, right?!
To have proper ventilation, we sourced the Verona 34 Inch Convertible Range Hood Insert. It’s super important to order the right kind of range hood way ahead of time because your contractor will need to build the hood around it. I haven’t finalized the range hood design yet, but I’m thinking smooth plaster in a slightly sloping shape will make for a perfect focal point above that beautiful stove. To have proper ventilation, we sourced the Verona 34 Inch Convertible Range Hood Insert.
During inspection, we learned that the dishwasher hadn’t worked in years, so we went ahead and ordered the matching Verona Dishwasher. It feels like it’s straight out of a gourmet kitchen with its straight lines and stainless finish. The sizing was perfect and will literally fit exactly into the existing footprint of the kitchen.
Lastly, and most importantly to Quinn, we finished out the Verona suite with their French Door Refrigerator. Reasons why we love it: the sleek, straight handles feel super high end. The dual drawer freezer is perfect for keeping inventory of what we actually have, without having to dig deep in a single massive drawer. The stainless finish is a nice matte gray and doesn’t feel too shiny. I’ll report back on all the appliances and how we like them after install next week, but we are VERY excited to say the least!
Currently there are pendant lights hanging above the peninsula and can lights in the ceiling. We’ll be reconfiguring the lighting plan by removing the pendant lights and replacing them with can lights for task lighting. Then, we’ll add four goose neck sconces along the window wall. I originally ordered these sconces from Etsy which were super affordable and high quality. When they arrived, the finish was a bit more streaky than I was looking for. We’ll attempt to Rub & Buff them in Antique Gold as an initial plan. If that fails, we’ll swap them out for these beautiful sconces which we’re using everywhere on the exterior of the lake house.
We’ll be running Flooret’s Signature luxury vinyl plank throughout the entire house in their Palka line. It’s a super wide plank, totally waterproof, a lighter color with lots of depth and dimension. For my “elevated camp” vibe in this house, I knew these were the perfect product. They’ll stand up to wear and tear, dripping bodies coming in from the lake, and dogs running around all day. Their pre-attached premium backing make install super easy, and I’m grateful for Riley and Taylor from Campbell House for volunteering to help us put these in!