Eventually everyone gets tired of the traditional oak cabinets and wood. It's an aesthetic consideration. However, living in cramped kitchen quarters with inadequate storage is not an aesthetic, it's about functionality—it's something you endure until it's time to breakthrough into the freedom of the open concept. That's what this remodel is all about.
This retired Maple Grove couple wanted, no needed a change in how their kitchen looked and functioned. Walled in on two sides, their kitchen screamed dated honey oak and limited storage. Most couples would opt for a white or grey color theme, but these homeowners wanted a more traditional, darker scheme.
Alyssa Lee — Photography
Oak floors were sanded and refinished, additional can lights were added along with the two pendants over the large island, framed by a new knock-down ceiling through the main level. Soffits with mechanical (left) were disguised with matching faux door front panels, while remaining soffits were replaced with floor to ceiling cabinets.
It's pretty easy to see these homeowners have run out of counter space. The small island held minimal storage and access, while the overhead soffit robbed them of additional space they desperately needed.
The homeowners were very particular about the backsplash framing the new range. "We have always seen it used horizontally, but that seemed too strange to us. We really like it vertically, so it looks like rain falling."
This custom island is 42 x 72 inches. If you were stranded on this island you could not only spell out help in the sand you could carve out a landing strip! Well, almost.
- Broan under cabinet range vent
- Whirlpool Gas range
- Kitchen Aid Built-in convection microwave oven
- Cabinetry: Custom Alder Face Frame, square raised panel doors
- Countertops: Cambria “Summer Hill Basin”
- Cabinet stain: custom color finish by Murphy Bros.
- Tile backsplash: Brushed silver w/glass & Mind Light AC Matt
- Wall Paint colors: BM-Hidden Cove