River Oaks Contemporary

River Oaks
Houston, Texas

We were tasked with redesigning the kitchen area for the original owner who built this home in the early 1970’s. Our design challenge was to create a completely new space that was functional, beautiful and much more open. The original kitchen, storage and utility spaces were outdated and very chopped up with a mechanical closet placed in the middle of the space located directly in front of the only large window in the room.

“[This kitchen is a great] example of a huge trendy u-shaped eat-in kitchen design in Houston with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, quartz countertops, white backsplash, matchstick tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, two islands and a double-bowl sink.”—  Houzz

The main cooking area of the kitchen features a large island with elevated walnut seating bar and 36” gas cooktop. A full 36” Built-in Refrigerator is located in the Kitchen with an additional Sub-Zero Refrigerator and Freezer located in the Butler’s Pantry.

We relocated the mechanical closet and the utility room to the back of the space with a Butler’s Pantry separating the two. The original large window is now revealed with a new lowered eating bar and a second island centered on it, featuring a dramatic linear light fixture above. We enlarged the window over the main kitchen sink for more light and created a new window to the right of the sink with a view towards the pool.

Project Details:

  • Kitchen Designers—Micqui McGowen and Caroline Jones
  • Contractor—Talmadge Hargraves
  • SieMatic Cabinetry with a S2 L-Flat Slab door style and Lotus White high-gloss lacquer on MDF.
  • Appliances—Wolf, Sub-Zero, and Gaggenau
  • Countertops—Lagoon by Silestone
  • Photographer—Julie Soefer