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A Well Designed Kitchen Using Existing Cabinetry

This project is a GREAT example of how just how life-changing a remodel project can be! It is also a great example of designing entirely new spaces while KEEPING and repainting the existing, quality cabinetry. At the start of this project, the homeowner expressed the following issues with the kitchen: a lack of storage, a lack of function (the family was all often crowded in one corner in the mornings), there was a desk seldom used with a chair that impeded traffic flow, the breakfast area seemed to be a wasted space and the lighting needing improvement. The existing cabinetry was in good shape but the color was cream with granite and tile that just didn't seem to fit with the rest of the house which was more of a light blue and crisp white coastal theme. Here are some of the before pictures:

To save on cost and because the cabinets were in great shape, the decision was made to keep the existing cabinetry and have it all professionally repainted while replacing the desk wall cabinets and adding an entire wall of pantry storage in the breakfast area. If you look closely you will see the desk wall countertop sat lower at 30" high and there was a lot of wasted space in both the upper and lower cabinets. We were also able to reuse most of the appliances which saved a good bit of money. The homeowners chose to upgrade their cooking experience by putting in a new gas cooktop and adjustable hood vent There was just one more area I wanted to maximize for storage and that was the kitchen island. Rear cabinets were added to house seasonal and/or bulky items while still allowing room for barstools.

Check out the scaled drawings below including a floorplan, cabinet elevation and 3D renderings. A picture of the materials we worked with is also included. The customer did change her mind at the last minute and reselected the backsplash lol! It turned out great and she is so happy she did!

The remodel included the following improvements:

- an enlarged island with additional cabinets on the rear

- a new pantry wall of storage behind a new rectangular shaped breakfast table

- new 36" high cabinetry where the former desk was located (to be coffee and wine bar)

- new placement and island light fixture

- new breakfast table fixture

- apron front farm sink with new faucet & disposal

- rotate former prep sink and replace with new sink, faucet & disposal

- new countertops and tile

- new hardware and paint

Here are the amazing pictures after the remodel was completed!

The homeowner couldn't be happier and is not only loving how her new kitchen looks but how it functions for the entire family. There is finally enough storage and everything has a home. The larger island looks so much better and the lighting above it and the breakfast table are a home run! Later this month look for a blog post on the adjacent laundry room that will be featured. If you would like to find out about any of the materials used in this project shoot me an email to and I'll send them to you :) Have a great weekend!


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