If you’re like me, you enjoy hanging out in a great coffee shop with a good friend. The atmosphere seems to lend itself to great, unhurried conversation.
Imagine yourself there. Now put your Americano down, and look around. The finishes sport various shades of neutral colors direct from Nature with pops of bright color, and the stone, glass and stainless elements bring casual elegance to your surroundings. If you’re lucky, you’re also enjoying a lazy, warm fire in the fireplace.
That’s the kind of space that influenced our recent kitchen remodel in Kirkland, Washington.
In this kitchen, literally everything was changed. Peruse through a pictorial of the before and after pictures below, and see if this isn’t a space you’d love to sip a cup of coffee in!
Before we got started, this tired kitchen looked like most kitchens in the neighborhood. It featured two small corner windows, lightly stained builder-grade oak cabinets, white tile countertops, and aging white appliances. The adjacent family room’s brick fireplace, which faced the kitchen, lacked the rustic elegance the family longed for.
The client asked us to help them update everything except the floors, which they refinished with a flooring company they already had a relationship with. Here’s how the kitchen and fireplace looked the morning of demolition day.
And here’s a look at the finished kitchen—warm and inviting with beautiful finishes that invite the family to truly enjoy those morning cups of coffee, prepare fabulous meals, and entertain friends and family in the beautiful space they envisioned.
Let’s start with windows. The clients wanted less heat loss and more natural light (and morning sunshine) in their kitchen, so we widened the east window opening, and then installed beautiful new double-pane vinyl windows.
To make the layout work better for food prep and cooking, we moved the sink to take advantage of the new view to the east, moved the dishwasher to the right of the sink, and placed the new range and hood on the north wall. With the large stone tile niche above the cooktop, the new cooking center creates an attractive feature in the new space.
New attractive pendent lights were hung over the breakfast bar on the peninsula.
The new refrigerator and microwave are now on the west wall. The gorgeous new alder cabinets with easy-to-grasp brushed nickel drawer and door pulls look stunning.
The clients wanted a special niche in the wall behind the range. They now have an attractive place for their salt and pepper shakers, and whatever they want to display there.
We removed the small pantry and unused desk space on the west wall, and replaced them with a new built-in pantry, lighted storage for glassware, and great pull-out storage below it with more counter space.
The horizontal pull on the front of the pantry give access to the family’s new recycle receptacles.
Convenient swing-out storage systems were installed in the corner cabinets to maximize usable space. And power plugs were installed in the under-window granite backsplash for easy accessibility.
Next to the new stainless steel sink, we installed an instant hot water unit and an under-counter hand soap container.
Under the upper cabinets, we installed both task lighting and a power plug mold so the homeowner can plug into an outlet just about anywhere she likes.
The backsplash is a lovely stone that really pulls together the medium-tone alder cabinets, dark gray granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. This stone also influenced the paint color the client chose for her walls.
Our client chose to use very pretty specialty glass in her doors on her lighted cabinets. This is where she stores her crystal and glassware. Glass shelves allow the in-cabinet lighting to shine down all the way through the cabinet.
Here is the mitered corner of the crown molding on the upper cabinet above the peninsula. Craftsmanship is critical in all of our remodeling projects—no matter what size they are.
The old brick-surround on the fireplace was removed so we could install a new faux stacked stone in its place. We topped it off with a gorgeous piece of stained timber. The fireplace now looks like it truly belongs with the beautiful new kitchen that it faces.
And here’s a final look at this beautiful kitchen. Now it’s the envy of the neighborhood!
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