“Residence City” stars Ben and Erin Napier have renovated numerous houses in Laurel, MS, however on the newest episode of their hit HGTV present, they sort out a distinct type of area: a restaurant.
On the “Cafe Home” episode, Erin and Ben group up with Connor and Elliot, two brothers who wish to open a restaurant in Laurel. They’re hoping to discover a constructing that would work as a restaurant with an condo within the again the place Connor can stay.
And guess what? It seems that a renovation for a restaurant and a home aren’t all that completely different—and there is a ton that common householders can study how one can make their very own kitchen and eating space extra environment friendly. Learn on to get tips about how one can make your personal mealtime really feel extra restaurant-worthy!
Each kitchen ought to have an environment friendly structure
The important thing factor any kitchen—whether or not it is in a restaurant or a house—ought to have is a structure that helps its customers make meals and clear up as effectively as attainable. Erin and Ben are used to creating useful kitchens for up to date household houses, however Elliot and Connor want a kitchen that may make cooking further simple and environment friendly.
Erin and Ben determine to provide this kitchen a sq. structure, with a number of counter area throughout in order that the brothers can have loads of room to work.
“You possibly can comfortably work 4 folks in right here, for certain,” Connor says, admiring the area.
And whereas the sq. kitchen is enclosed, it doesn’t really feel closed off as a result of it has nice sightlines to the eating room, making the entire restaurant really feel massive and open.
“The massive factor I like is the truth that you may stand within the kitchen and see each seat within the place,” Connor says.
Wooden partitions can really feel cozy
With nice sightlines from the kitchen to the lounge, Erin and Ben know that the eating room has to look excellent. In any case, these brothers might be gazing all of it day lengthy!
Whereas the kitchen must be up to date with easy-to-clean surfaces, Erin is aware of that she will be able to get a bit of extra artistic within the eating room. So, she decides to maintain the unique darkish wooden partitions to provide the area a rugged, however cozy, look.
“We wish the eating areas to have a lot ambiance,” Erin says, explaining that wooden will give the area a bit of “roughness.”
To complete the design, Erin settles on crimson crown molding. The colour breaks up the wooden tones whereas nonetheless retaining the “woodsy and masculine” really feel Erin likes.
Spare home windows make nice decor—or room divider
Home windows may be an necessary a part of any renovation, however on this undertaking, Erin decides to double down. Not solely does the constructing itself get all new home windows, however Erin additionally provides a window function to the eating room.
Ben and Erin gather just a few home windows from the home, in addition to another white-framed home windows for selection, and create a dangling window function that creates a cool impact.
“We wished to create just a bit little bit of a divider,” Ben says, explaining that this wall of hanging home windows will give the diners a way of privateness, with out making the area really feel closed off.
It proves that spare home windows can look nice as a wall hanging in a house, and even as a dangling wall in a restaurant!
Give a typical counter some character
Laurel was constructed on the lumber business, and Elliot and Conner even have some ancestors who helped flip Laurel’s lumber right into a booming enterprise. So, it’s solely becoming that Ben create a nod to the lumber business with the café’s point-of-sale counter.
He has the concept to make the counter seem like the tip of a stack of lumber. He begins by slicing small items of wooden which have completely different thicknesses, sizes, grain patterns, and colours, and putting all of them collectively.
It’s numerous tedious work, however ultimately, this counter appears lovely and distinctive. And the most effective half? Elliot and Connor find it irresistible.
“That’s actually unimaginable,” Connor says. “It’s going to be a focus while you stroll in.”
Small kitchens can nonetheless be useful
Erin and Ben have their palms full on the subject of designing the café, however they’ve a complete different problem on the subject of creating residing quarters for Connor.
After all, Connor wants his personal kitchen and eating space, however this second kitchen will differ from the cafe kitchen. For one factor, there’s a a lot smaller footprint on this space, so Erin and Ben need to discover a structure that may work with the area. They determine to place all the cupboards and home equipment on one wall, and pair it with a small breakfast desk off to the facet.
Whereas designers normally like to make use of mild colours in small areas as a way to make it really feel brighter and larger, Erin and Ben determine to go together with a extra rugged really feel and set up darkish cupboards they know Connor will love. With cream-colored partitions and lightweight counter tops, this kitchen is completely cozy and homey.
“It’s small however mighty,” Erin says.
Is that this ‘Residence City’ home successful?
Ben and Erin rework this previous home into a ravishing cafe with a contemporary residing area—nevertheless it takes numerous work and an enormous finances.
Whereas the brothers buy the home for simply $22,000, Erin and Ben want $170,000 to renovate it. Ultimately, Connor and Elliot are all in at $192,000, however this value appears properly price it. The cafe appears superb, and the residing quarters are excellent for Connor.
It appears like Erin and Ben’s first restaurant renovation is an enormous success!