Lori and Patrick wanted to turn their long and narrow kitchen into a warm and inviting space. Their kitchen was outdated and boring, which did not reflect the family’s taste and lifestyle. Lori and Patrick love to cook and passed that passion onto their son who is in culinary school in New York. The kitchen is the heart of their family and they desired a more social as well as functional kitchen where they could have more room to cook and entertain.
- Step 1: Customer Information
- Step 2: House Call
- Step 3: Project Review
- Step 4: Construction
- The Finished Project
Step 1: Customer Information
To design a kitchen that meets the client’s wants and needs, Bill has to inquire about their personal style, preferences, and lifestyle. Lori and Patrick’s house was built in the 1980’s and the kitchen had white countertops and golden stained Oak cabinetry. The couple moved into the house fairly recently and decided that the kitchen did not fit their taste or lifestyle. They wanted to update their appliances and make their kitchen larger to accommodate more counter and storage space as well as provide more room for entertaining and family gatherings.
Step 2: House Call
Bill paid a visit to Lori and Patrick’s home to view the current conditions of the space. A wall parallel to the breakfast area separated the kitchen and the hallway leading to the family room, making the room feel more enclosed and small. The desk and closet area made the kitchen narrow and cramped. The existing layout of the kitchen was sketched and measured to start designing remodeling possibilities.
Step 3: Project Review
Lori and Patrick selected a design that removed the wall and closet parallel to the breakfast area. Removing the wall would open the kitchen to the foyer, make the kitchen more spacious and permit more options for design to make the kitchen more functional and tailored to their needs. Duel islands were selected to be installed to house an additional sink and oven and give more storage and counter space. They also decided to save and use the existing perimeter of most of the Oak cabinetry but replaced all the doors. Additional cabinetry was selected to be installed that matched the lighter Oak finish as well as new black stained Oak cabinetry that provided contrast and visual interest. Red Oak flooring was selected to replace the tile, which warmed up the entire kitchen. The old range was located in the previous island and vented down. The clients chose to move the range area from the island to improve ventilation, function, and accessibility.
Once a new floor plan was selected, more detailed drawings were made that incorporated the selected cabinetry, lighting, and other products. With these, a contract was drawn up detailing the design/product specifications, a complete budget, and payment schedules. The products and cabinetry the clients selected were ordered and the date to start construction was set.
Step 4: Construction
Once the materials arrived, construction began.
- The bearing wall separating the hall from the kitchen area was removed and replaced with a steel beam and the hall closet was removed as well to create a more open kitchen and dining space.
- The railing separating the breakfast area and family room was replaced with built-in shelving to divide the rooms while keeping with the decor of the house.
- 2 functional Islands were built: one with a bar, wine rack, and sink, and another with an extra oven. Both add much more storage and counter space to the kitchen.
- Some of the existing cabinets were retained and the doors were replaced with light stained Oak doors. Additional Oak cabinetry with a lighter stain were installed and more cabinets with a darker stain were installed as well.
- Dark stained Oak spice pull out cabinets were installed on either side of the range.
- A stainless steel backsplash was installed over the range adding a sleek look that is durable and easy to clean.
- Red Oak flooring replaced the vinyl flooring.
- Dark granite countertops were installed that contrasted beautifully with the Oak flooring and updated appliances were installed.
- Recessed and pendent lighting was installed to brighten and warm the kitchen’s atmosphere.
The Finished Project
Lori and Patrick’s dream of having a kitchen large enough for them to cook, entertain, and gather as a family came true. The removal of the wall parallel to the breakfast area and the installation of the duel islands opened up the space and gave the kitchen a more updated look. Recessed and pendent lighting as well as different color cabinets and Red Oak flooring not only warmed the kitchen’s ambiance but gave the room a unique and elegant feel. Their kitchen is now a warm and inviting space that mirrors their taste and suits their lifestyle.
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