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Design Process of a Kitchen Remodel

 

Overview of the Kitchen Remodel

This lovely Mid Century kitchen remodel had its much anticipated unveiling on New Year’s Eve. Ready to upgrade their 80’s kitchen to modernize and better exemplify the character of their 1950’s home, the homeowners kept the design and materials selected a secret to their friends and family until it was finished.

The big reveal culminated in a most festive party! I’ve been taking progress photos of the work being done so you can see the before and after shots.

Remodel Design Process

After much discussion with the homeowners, the first step is to plan and lay out the cabinetry. At first I replaced the corner cabinets with flat upper cabinets on either side of the window over the sink. I lowered this “view” window to capture the incredible view of Puget Sound and the Vashon Island Ferry.

With more thinking I decided to present the idea to expand the window width as well. We discussed the fact that upper storage would mostly be eliminated on that wall. The clients agreed that the drama of a large window would indeed be worth the compromise. Instead of closed cabinets I specified open shelves with LED lighting.

I think you’ll agree that this design (see end of photos) really enhances the daylight view and adds a theatrical quality to the kitchen especially at night.

Thought Starters

  • *The client’s appliances were in good condition so we reused them.
  • *Incorporating a new microwave drawer keeps the counters clear and maximizes upper storage on this wall.
  • *Narrowing the small window by 6 inches on the North wall keeps the sight lines clear.
  • *Both new windows required the exterior brickwork to be re- mortared. The brick is discontinued so the mason was careful to rework it and the results are splendid.
  • *The existing bar top was of minimal width so we expanded it to give generous leg room and a comfortable space to sit.
  • *We also included a new Recycle/Trash Drawer, Charging Drawer and Pullout Spice drawer.
  • *New Lighting throughout is energy efficient as well as aesthetically beautiful.

Finish Selections

The wood floor had just been refinished so we worked with this as a starting point. Next the granite for the countertops was selected and the cabinet finish. The backsplash tile enhances the beauty of the subtle grain in the White Macabus granite. I always select the paint color last. With the dark Walnut cabinets I chose to brighten up both the walls and the ceiling.

Original West Wall

BEFORE: Original West Wall

Original Kitchen

BEFORE: Original Kitchen

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Original Kitchen

BEFORE: Original Kitchen

 

BEFORE: Original Kitchen

BEFORE: Original Kitchen

The next series of photos capture the demo process and construction.

Verifying the final drawings

Verifying the final drawings

 

Dust Barrier for Demo

Dust Barrier for Demo

 

Keeping the Original DownDraft Range

Keeping the Original Down Draft Range and Beautiful Flooring

 

BEFORE: Original Window

BEFORE: Original Window

 

Checking Measurements

Checking Measurements

 

Enlarging the Window

Enlarging the Window

 

Enlarging and Lowering the Bar Top

Enlarging and Lowering the Bar Top

 

Templating the Granite with Maria and her new Baby

Laying out the Templates for the Granite with Maria and her new Baby on the Job

 

Cabinet Installation

Cabinet Installation

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Corner Cabinet Lazy Susans

Corner Cabinet Lazy Susans

 

Enlarging the Opening for the New Window

Enlarging the Opening for the New Window

Pop Up Outlets to Meet Code Requirements

Nifty Pop Up Outlets to Meet Code Requirements along the large window

 

Installing the Backsplash Tile

Installing the Backsplash Tile

And except for a few details to be finished we are ready for the “Grand Opening” New Year’s Eve Party! VOILA!

East Wall

East Wall with Microwave Drawer

 

Open Shelving with LED Lighting

Open Shelving with LED Lighting

 

Open Shelving

Seasonal Open Shelving Display

 

New Window Wall

New Window Wall

 

Beautiful New Kitchen!

Beautiful New Kitchen!

It was a pleasure to make this kitchen remodel happen. I hope you enjoyed. Let me know if you have questions!

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