Kitchen Stories: A Stylish Family Kitchen
I am so excited to show you my latest kitchen remodel photographed by the talented Anna Routh. The family I worked with happen to be dear friends of mine and I know how unhappy they have been with their kitchen for quite some time. It actually had a nice footprint, but the island was dysfunctional and it caused chaos every morning when the family would get ready for school. The island sink was on an angle and there was little prep room to the left of the sink, so everyone clustered over to the right to make breakfast and prepare lunch. The trash can was next to the stove across from the sink. Lastly, it was a very dark kitchen with cherry cabinets and black granite. We decided it was best to take the whole island out and start fresh by centering the sink in the island so there was plenty of prep room on both sides. We had Habitat of Humanity come take apart most of the kitchen. They resell what they can and it is one of the few ways they make money to support their mission. They were the most professional and grateful group of men and women...please consider them if you are gutting your kitchen!
The end result is quite a large island with a beautiful curve to handle the bevy of boys that are eating at the counter at any given time. The island is a beautiful blue grey complete with a new sink, faucet and hot water dispenser. The perimeter cabinets and the gorgeous quartz countertops are the warmest and softest of whites, so it is bright and sunny but not at all harsh. We also created a wine bar/coffee station with a wine refrigerator and ice maker. The gas Wolf cooktop was high on the wife's wish list and was a must. However, the star of the kitchen is the gorgeous blue tile. I was so happy when my clients gave me free reign to present them with some special selections. This beautiful Walker Zanger mosaic tile in the most stunning shade of blue made their kitchen over the top special. As you can see in the photos, every color just pops and comes alive against this stunning blue backdrop. The husband wanted some industrial style lights that added a little edge and kept the kitchen from becoming too pretty...if that is possible! A kitchen remodel is a full collaboration with many people and many details and can be hard when you are living in the house and can not use this space. My clients were patient and kind when they were displaced for 2 weeks without a functioning kitchen. I am forever grateful to you for your calm and unruffled demeanor. A kitchen remodel is not all glamour and fun as they found out but the end result is!
Before: Outdated two-level island with sink in the corner:
After: New spacious functional island:
Before: Wine and Beverage Center:
After: New Wine refrigerator and ice maker:
Before: Cooking Center: