A remodel for the long haul in Oak Grove

Young couple with twins plans to stay and grow in place.

Project Summary 

"We have ambitions for a kitchen remodel…” stated the inquiry from this couple way back in 2021. As it turned out they weren’t kidding. In fact, their ambitions and scope grew to involve wall removal, kitchen expansion, windows, flooring throughout, and even a pool! Why invest so much in a home they just purchased a few years back? Simple. They have 4 young kids and love the privacy and community. They’re in it for the long haul.

The project scope called for removing a wall separating the kitchen from the living room. We repositioned the appliances to the adjacent exterior wall which opened up the space for a very large 8-foot long island, and more storage, a wider kid-friendly aisle, and upgraded appliances, easily accessible, like the microwave drawer and pop-up mixer.

View from living room back towards addition. Yes, a dining room table will go underneath the three Marvin transom windows, if it ever comes!
AFTER:  8-foot kitchen island large enough now for baking, lunch, crafts and more.
View from living room back towards addition. Yes, a dining room table will go underneath the three Marvin transom windows, if it ever comes!
BEFORE: Perimeter cabinets and above range microwave.


Kitchen wall separating living room with refrigerator and pantry.

One of the challenges we had involved adding a pot filler to the range on an outer wall. That meant we had to extend the wall out 6 inches to accommodate the plumbing. The other challenge concerned utilizing the dead space to the right of the back door that was separated by a wrought iron railing. The solution was adding a short wall to hold a coffee bar, beverage center, and pantry.

Adding more recessed lighting to the entire space was an essential and often overlooked aspect in many remodels. We also replaced all the flooring with durable LVP throughout the main floor.

AFTER: Wall separating living room from kitchen. Can't really enjoy or keep an eye on the natural fireplace.


AFTER: Kitchen island, new Andersen windows, LVP flooring.
AFTER: View from lower level, which now has new LVP flooring and a slightly narrower opening to accomodate the new coffee bar and beverage center.
AFTER: Kitchen expansion showing new windows and repositioned refrigerator and wall removed.
AFTER: View from kitchen to living room with wall removed. The knee wall at the entrance was added to replace a wrought iron railing.
AFTER: Inside island showing easy access microwave drawer. Flooring is LVP Shaw Floors 2038V Prodigy HOR Plus 7202 Fika​.
AFTER: Kitchen details, perimeter wall, floating shelves, beverage center and coffee bar.
AFTER: Close up of coffee bar, pantry, and beverage center. This wall replaced an open railing to accomodate the bar, beverage center and pantry.
Pure craftsmanship detailed here in this close up of hand-carved crown moulding shaved to fit a tapered ceiling. Cabinet paint color: Anew Gray SW7030.
AFTER: Treads and Risers — ​Solid Oak, stained to blend with LVP.
AFTER: More craftsmanship and attention to detail.

Featured Materials


  • Refrigerator — Bosch 36" Counter depth 4-door refrigerator
  • Range — Thermador 36" stainless gas range
  • Microwave — Sharp Undercounter 24" microwave drawer in stainless steel
  • Hood — Vent-a-Hood 36" liner in Gunsmoke
  • Dishwasher — Thermador emerald custom panel ready 24" dishwasher
  • Beverage center — Kalamera 24-inch under-counter dual zone wine cooler


  • Cabinetry — Framed, full overlay white melamine interior soft-close door/drawers
  • Paint — Perimeter, Anew Gray SW7030; Island, Cast iron SW6202
  • Door style — Shaker with 1/4 bead
  • Drawer — Style All slab
  • Hood — Base Square box in Cherry
  • Floating shelves — Square Edges, 2.5 high x 1/2 deep; Cherry with Valspar Husk
  • Hutch/beverage center — Framed, full overlay1 white melamine interiors
  • Uppers/Lowers Cherry with Valspar Husk
  • Accents — Beverage Center Mug shelf
  • Glass Inserts — Glacier


  • Perimeter countertops — Silestone, Desert Silver
  • Island countertops — Silestone, Desert Silver
  • Hutch/beverage Center Silestone


  • Sink — Kohler Prolific 33" workstation Single Basin Steel Undermount Sink
  • Faucet — Delta Trinsic Touch Faucet in Champagne Bronze
  • Pot Filler — Delta Boderick wall mount pot filler in champagne bronze


  • Field Tile — Equipe Artisian White SxS Subway (10MM) • glossy, Straight Stacked
  • Edging — Schluter Jolly Trendline • Grieg


  • Wall — Snowbound SW7004
  • Shoe & base trim — Anew Gray SW7030

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