Our client, Barbra Dean, did many minor renovations before she decided it was finally time to do a full kitchen remodel. The kitchen, despite minor upgrades, had gone out of style decades ago. The bulky appliances made the kitchen seem narrow and the blue counter tops, yellow cabinets, vinyl flooring, and fluorescent lighting made the kitchen look dim and small. The steps below will walk you through her kitchen remodel that transitioned her kitchen from outdated and narrow to bright and open with a style that will stand the test of time.
- Step 1: Customer Information
- Step 2: House Call
- Step 3: Project Review
- Step 4: Construction
- The Finished Project
Step 1: Customer Information
Stan Stutts of Additions Plus, Barbra’s general contractor for the job, referred her to Bill of Cederberg Kitchens to help with the design work and cabinetry for her kitchen remodel. Stan and Bill have a good working relationship that has formed over years of collaborating on a variety of projects. In order to meet the needs and desires of each client, questions about personal style, lifestyle, and preferences need to be answered. The client’s residence, a brick ranch house constructed in the early 60’s, housed a kitchen consisting of yellow cabinetry, blue countertops, and appliances that were in desperate need of an up-date. The kitchen had already undergone several minor renovations, such as painting the cabinets and replacing the vinyl flooring, but the owner finally decided that it was time for a more extreme makeover that would brighten her kitchen as well as give it an updated yet timeless style.
Step 2: House Call
Bill then visited Barbra’s home to observe the current conditions. The existing layout of the space was sketched and measured in order to form the foundation for the remodeling plans. By visiting the area, Bill is better able to determine what design work is necessary.
Step 3: Project Review
The kitchen area was very narrow and required some creative design to decrease the bulk of the appliances and create a design that felt more open. In order to achieve a more open feel, Barbra selected a design plan that would use space from the garage to recess the fridge into the wall. White cabinets consisting of flat panel inset doors with applied molding aided in achieving the desired traditional style and brighten the space. Windows in the dining area were to be relocated to create peninsula and a breakfast nook. New wood flooring also aided in creating a more open, brighter, and warm feel to the kitchen.
After the new floor plan selection, more detailed drawings were created that included cabinetry, lighting, and other product selections. Using these more detailed drawings and specifications, a contract was made with design/product specifications, a complete budget, and payment schedules. The selected products and cabinets were then ordered and the start date for construction was scheduled.
Step 4: Construction
Cederberg Kitchens worked in collaboration with Stan Stutts of Additions Plus who was the general contractor for the job. The unique and beautiful granite countertops were supplied by Prescott Stone Fabricators, Ltd. of Durham. Once all the materials were delivered, construction began.
- The wall connecting to the garage was bumped out to allow for a recessed refrigerator.
- Storage in the adjoining laundry room was improved.
- Windows in the dining area were relocated to create a more open and light feel and allow for a countertop peninsula.
- A functional peninsula partially separating the breakfast niche was built that allowed increased storage and countertop space.
- Light colored granite countertops brightened the kitchen.
- Recessed lighting and under-cabinet lighting was installed to enhance the beauty of the granite countertops.
- Natural Red Oak flooring replaced the outdated vinyl flooring.
- White painted, beaded inset, Essex Holiday Kitchens natural Maple cabinetry replaced the plain and outdated yellow cabinets.
- A Fagor gas cooktop and Fagor dishwasher were installed that not only have sleek style but are highly energy efficient.
- New appliances, sink, and faucet were also installed
- Storage that provides greater access and function as well as maximizes the available space included lazy suzans, pull-out spice and oil storage on either side of the range, a full height pantry cabinet accessible from the left side of the wall housing the ovens, and a bookcase on the end of the peninsula.
- Decorative wood elements on the hood give it a more uniform and finished look that blends with the cabinets.
- Variation of cabinet depths around the sink area give the kitchen a unique appearance.
- A large dish storage banquet located at the back of the kitchen provides additional storage for formal china and other dinnerware.
The Finished Project
A more open and bright kitchen with traditional and timeless style was created that fulfilled the Barbra’s every desire. A timeless and classic look was achieved using white inset beaded cabinet doors with molding and beautiful granite countertops. Recessed lighting and under-cabinet lighting aided in creating a warm and inviting space. Clever storage solutions, such as the pantry, make use of unused space while providing the owner with much more storage. The added peninsula provides more counter space, storage, and breaks up the kitchen and dining area to give the kitchen a more updated look and feel. Additionally, the recessed refrigerator makes the kitchen area feel more open. The attention to detail and storage solutions yielded highly functional, efficient, and beautiful kitchen that will never go out of style.Share post