Stunning Contemporary Kitchen & Dining Area Renovation Completed by Premier Long Island Designers for Phase II of the Ronald McDonald House Project Design
Manhasset-based kitchen & interior designer Vasi Ypsilantis of Vasi Ypsilantis Design Associates and owner of Poggenpohl Long Island, along with Sea Cliff-based interior designer Margreet Cevasco of Margreet Cevasco Design, partnered with Mitco Construction on Phase II, Project Design 2014, of the Kitchen & Dining renovation for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI), a respite for families of seriously ill children, located at 267-07 76th Avenue in New Hyde Park.
This is the second year the design duo poured their heart and soul into the Kitchen & Dining area renovations at the Ronald McDonald House Long Island. Project Design is an effort led by Kravet Fabrics along with the interior design industry to provide a calm and restful healing environment for families experiencing the pain of having a child in area hospitals.
Phase II includes an expanded 1,600 square foot open Kitchen & Dining area which has been transformed into a universally accessible living environment that’s spacious enough for multiple families to cook and dine simultaneously, while offering an uplifting and comfortable feeling.
“Our combination of design and contracting expertise enhances the project's creativity and functionality, since Margreet and I both employ a similar design aesthetic. Teaming up on renovations can be a challenge, but we’ve enjoyed 10 years of successful showhouse projects, residential renovations and endearing friendship. We share the same goal which is to make these dream kitchens and living spaces a reality for parents and families who are seeking the comforts of home,” said Vasi Ypsilantis.
The contemporary space features several design and architectural details that accentuate the room and offer a dramatic outcome: the enhanced coffers created to offset low drop ceilings, energizing green wall color, whimsical chandeliers, cerulean sliding pantry doors that make a bold statement alongside classic white European frameless cabinetry and state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances.
The kitchen layout functions to support both cooking, storage and eating at any hour of the day or night and multiple integrated appliances complete the design. Additional shelves were built-in to the expanded pantry so each family can store grocery items.
The adjacent dining area with cozy banquette seating offers a soothing home-like setting that helps guests unwind and offers a moment of relaxation. “If we can allow families caring for their children in the neighboring hospital some comforts of home and a living space that supports them, then we have achieved our goal,” said Margreet Cevasco.
Several sponsors donated products and provided discounts worth over $300,000 in return for helping to promote a worthwhile cause, including Sub-Zero Wolf kitchen appliances, kitchen cabinetry from Poggenpohl Long Island, Silestone quartz countertops, Renaissance Marble works (fabricator), Cancos tile, Mitco Construction, Top Knobs, Blanco sinks and faucets, Robert Abbey and WAC lighting. High-end products were selected for their timeless design and long lasting quality, providing a dramatic transformation to the kitchen & dining area where children and families gather to retreat, find sustenance and support.
The Kitchen and Dining areas include fresh inspirational ideas that can be adapted to any kitchen renovation, such as creating a focal point with a bold accent color on walls or pantry doors, maximizing cooking and storage areas with double islands, expanded pantry space for large families, coffered ceilings and bringing the outside in with the juxtaposition of bold and neutral colors.
About the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island
The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island is the 100th House of over 300 Ronald McDonald House programs worldwide. Located in New Hyde Park on the campus of the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, the House accommodates families in a warm and supportive environment. For 28 years, RMH-LI has been a home-away-from-home for over 19,000 families in the United States and more than 80 countries around the world who are dealing with the pain of having a child undergoing medical treatment at nearby hospitals. For more information about RMH-LI, log on to www.rmhlongisland.org, www.facebook.com/rmhli or www.twitter.com/rmh_li.
About the Design Duo
Vasi Ypsilantis, owner of The Breakfast Room, Ltd., (http://www.thebreakfastroom.com/) has been creating one-of-a-kind kitchens for more than 20 years. Her firm provides full-service interior design and building/contracting services, along with the finest customer service experience.
Margreet Cevasco Design (http://www.margreetcevascodesign.com/) is a full service interior design firm located in Sea Cliff, New York. Her decades of experience, vast resources and talented network of professionals guarantees the most satisfied clients.
Together, the Design Duo has collaborated on previous showhouses, including last year’s Heart of the Home, Mansions & Millionaires at Caumsett, Dining by Design, more than 10 residential projects as well as the restaurant Marketa in Astoria. They have been honored for their outstanding projects with national design awards and have been published in several regional and national shelter publications.