Blue Ribbon Kitchen

When I first met with these homeowners, they had one particular request in mind:  “I want wow factor when people walk through the front door.”  And that was my exact response when I went to get photos of this blue ribbon kitchen! With plans to tear down the walls, I designed this open concept kitchen with several focal points.

cream and blue cabinets

 

before photo
before
kitchen rendering
the plan
kitchen remodel
after

The bottom floor was very open, bright, and spacious but that airy feeling stopped short of the kitchen that was L-shaped and filled with dark cabinetry.  It was dated, closed in, and didn’t offer a lot of counter space.

before kitchen sunroom wall

wood hood focal point

I wanted their wood hood to be the focal point.  To do that, I took out the window and sliding door to their sun room and created two new doorways on each side of the cabinetry run.  This allowed for great traffic flow and eliminated the need for a 7′ walkway that was required of the sliding doors.  The range is a slide in range which means there is no raised back.  It gives a 30″ x 30″ space to be creative with a backsplash tile design.

fridge wall

Moving the sunroom door also allowed for space for the refrigerator and pantry that were orignally on the wall dividing the living room from the kitchen.  I was also able to keep some symmetry by placing a cabinet with a glass door in between.

lg symphony

Quartz countertops dress the cabinets and give the space a timeless appeal tying together all of the kitchen components.

toe kicks walnut floors

These walnut floors have a natural finish (and were made and installed by the homeowner).  They are the perfect tone to add a warm, cozy feeling to the open concept space.   This hard wood is very durable, long lasting, and timeless!

Toe kicks don’t have to be boring.  If there is room in a kitchen cabinet budget you can always add a valance to them or in this case, make a cut out.

kitchen remodel before and after

This once closed off and dated kitchen is now an open concept kitchen ready to entertain!

front door view before
before

front door view after open concept kitchen

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open concept before and after

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