Kitchen Addition in East Bethel

How a handful of square feet made all the difference!

Project Summary 


This newly retired couple finally had the time to make the changes in their home they'd been thinking about for years. That's years of putting up with the pain of not enough space in their kitchen and a staircase that was never quite right from the day it was built. "It's amazing what just a few extra feet can do," remarked the homeowners after completion of the kitchen addition.

"We extended the existing kitchen in two directions, adding five more feet to the length of the home and two feet to the width," explains Jonah Smith, the lead designer on the project, "And that gave them the extra room they needed for a larger island and dining space for their grandchildren.


As you can see the wall dividing the kitchen into two separate entry points was a big waste of usable storage space.


With dog lovers, you always want to remember the pets in your design.

We also repositioned and repurposed an existing wall which divided the kitchen from the living room and entry area. As you can see in the photo above, for aesthetic reasons, we also extended the back kitchen wall all the way to the vaulted ceiling. We also changed the location of the refrigerator with it's own built-in custom cabinet. The new microwave also got it's own custom cabinet treatment.

Kitchen island countertop is "Summer Hill" from Cambria. We were able to repurpose the triple casement window in the dining room to save the client thousands of dollars.
The homeowner called attention to the high level of carpentry craftsmanship they were so pleased with. Note the custom trim and exhaust vent soffit above stove as a design element of the kitchen.
The lighter oak staircase (posts, treads and risers) make a very nice contrast to the solid hickory.

Stairs are one of the most difficult aspect of any remodel project due to the complexity of parts, structural exactness, fit and finish. Our master carpenter discovered that the original builder of the home tapered the stairs so that they were narrower at one end—not a good thing. We fixed that taper and created a completely new look with a combination of oak and decorative iron.

You can see the fit and finish is exact.

AFTER remodel: Note the addition also created a bonus lower level storage room.
AFTER remodel: south facing perspective and matched siding.

Featured Materials


  • KitchenAid slide-in convection oven
  • KitchenAid Counter-Depth French Door Platinum Interior Refrigerator with PrintShield
  • KitchenAid 44 dBA Dishwasher with Dynamic Wash Arms
  • KitchenAid 21 3/4" Countertop Microwave Oven with PrintShield Finish


  • Cabinets — Paint grade Custom (Door profile: triple step stile with interior square rails)


  • Flooring — Hand-scraped variable width hickory


  • Backsplash tile — BLANCO CRACKLE


  • Great Room Paint — Smoky Day
  • Dining Room Wall Paint — Beacon Fog

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