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.
- *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.
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.
The next series of photos capture the demo process and construction.
And except for a few details to be finished we are ready for the “Grand Opening” New Year’s Eve Party! VOILA!
It was a pleasure to make this kitchen remodel happen. I hope you enjoyed. Let me know if you have questions!