CJP Architects
Elias-Moran Residence

Springfield, Illinois

The modernization of a kitchen and the creation of family gathering space became the motivation for this project. While the existing 1960 neoclassical house the clients purchased in 2014 is spacious, it had a small kitchen that did not meet their needs.

The design maintains the existing footprint of the house, but removed an existing screened porch connecting the garage and house and constructed a new structure in its place to form a part of the new kitchen. Approximately 31’-0” of wall was removed and restructured to create a large opening and one large kitchen/informal dining/sitting area spanning the existing house and new addition meeting the needs for a family of six.

A large island is the focal point of the space that has been designed for kids to work after school while interacting with their parents preparing evening meals. The existing kitchen cabinetry and appliances were repurposed to the lower level to provide not only a working kitchen during the renovation, but a secondary kitchen for large family gatherings and special events.