The homeowners delayed this kitchen remodel for years as they put their kids through college. Finally, with the kids off on their own, they were ready to treat themselves to the kitchen of their dreams. The home was built in the 1930s and, while the kitchen had been remodeled twenty years ago, it was definitely dated. The layout was choppy with little counter space and even less style. Our objective was to not only create a more functional kitchen but also to add elegant touches in keeping with the home’s traditional roots.
Create a streamlined, more functional kitchen
Increase counter space and landing spots for convenience and safety
Introduce elegant details in keeping with a home built in the 1930s
Maximize cabinet storage space
Modernize kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances
Hide duct work for the professional-style range
Maintain the original footprint of the kitchen
The first step was to strip this kitchen down to the studs which uncovered rotting wood from an old shower leak and framing deficiencies from a previous remodel. With everything wide open - the walls, ceiling and floor were shimmed and straightened to provide a clean canvas on which to work. A laminated beam was installed so that the load-bearing dividing wall could be removed.
Cold, blue tile on the floor was an unwelcome island in the middle of a beautiful sea of hardwoods throughout the rest of the home. The homeowners fell in love with a Wolf range which required a robust venting system but structural framing was blocking the only possible duct run. A soffit for the range exhaust was built and wrapped in cabinetry material so it looks like it is a part of the design.
The real star of the kitchen is our Distinctive Custom Cabinetry with inset doors and drawers, a pewter glaze to highlight the details of the raised panels, and exposed hinges which are a vintage touch. While this kitchen remodel resulted in a sophisticated transformation befitting a classic old home, it is a hard-working space with lots of drawers for easy access to pots, pans and other cooking tools.
A pull-out next to the range keeps spices at hand and a Lazy Susan provides lots of storage in a difficult corner.
In this kitchen, everything old is new again. But not without respect for the past. The homeowners are thrilled with the final result and can’t believe how much bigger their kitchen feels and how much better it functions even though the footprint did not change.