This kitchen renovation project began about six years ago when a co-worker asked me ‘What would you do with my kitchen?’ We had a chat on how to quickly and easily update her kitchen; but deep down we both knew what she really wanted was a major renovation! She and her husband were well over the kitchen’s wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling tile, brown grout, outdated cabinets and funky cabinet pulls, not to mention the plaid blue wallpaper and duck decoy border. I suggested removing the wallpaper and warming up the walls and replacing the cabinet pulls. It was, at least, a start.
Back to the Future Kitchen
Fast forward to April 2016. I was new to Silent Rivers and as part of my training I was tasked with drawing up the existing conditions of a kitchen remodel that was in progress. From a sheet of grid paper with hand drawn lines, arrows and measurements and a few photos, I began to create the necessary Revit files. (Revit is an application for creating 3D design and construction models). But all the while I was thinking to myself, ‘Strange, I swear I’ve been in this kitchen before.’
Cosmetic Improvements Turn Into A Dream Kitchen!
Long story short, it was a fun meeting getting reacquainted with the homeowners. We caught up on the years that had passed and decided it was great fate that had brought us back together. While the kitchen was no longer crowned with ducks and some updates had taken place, there remained lots of room for improvement. My former co-worker and her husband decided to take the plunge into a full remodel. It was time to turn the kitchen they had into the kitchen they really wanted.
While I worked through the clients’ goals and desires for the remodel, I discovered that they loved to cook – but this was a challenge mainly because of the current position of their stove. It was tucked back in a corner, up against a wall with little room to breathe. Fixing this dilemma became a focus of the redesign. The fact that they want to open up the space into their formal dining room, moving the range into the new peninsula was a good start. We also wanted to make better use of an oversized entry off the garage, so we added a locker and pantry and created some bar seating in the plan. This will add visual length to the room and be a much more effective use of the current space.
The Updated Color Palette and Materials
Modernizing the kitchen will involve adding new cabinetry in a light, soft crème tone combined with darker ‘willow’ tones for the locker, pantry and main base units. We chose a warm mid-tone wood flooring that will be repeated in the mahogany locker bench top and a butcher block countertop section. Concrete-grey countertops and a sleek 2” x 12”glass backsplash tile will add a modern touch. Talking the homeowners into ANY tile was at first a chore (remember they were well over tile!). But I was able to convince them of a touch here and there. Whew!
Progress is Being Made – Stay Tuned!
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