Thought I’d share a little before and after today of a kitchen we recently completed. This job was of note because it wasn’t a full renovation. 95% of the kitchens we do are full gut jobs. Usually they are old, cramped, and need a major overhaul. In this case, the kitchen was pretty functional except for a broken range and a few dated materials.
Due to the extra depth of the range, we needed to re-work things a bit, so we decided to improve this whole side of the kitchen. Cabinets and a custom hood were built to match the rest of the kitchen. Florata granite, a new tile backsplash and updated hardware complete the makeover.
Unfortunately my before pictures are kind of lacking. The old range jutted out from the wall on an angle. There was a downdraft hood and not a lot of counter space on either side.
Off the range was a raised eating counter that jutted further into the room on an angle. It ended up created a bottleneck of traffic getting in and out of the room with stools constantly in the way.
We decided to rework the area, keeping it clean and simple. The range is now straight against the wall with plenty of prep space on either side. The eating peninsula comes out straight into the room, creating more space and easy flow. We also kept the eating area at counter height. Now it can double as an extra prep zone. I happen to hate raised counters for eating. I think they are uncomfortable, unsightly and break up counter space.
Open shelves are a nice place to store cookbooks and vases. I like how the open space allowed us to take the tile all the way up the wall.
Speaking of the tile, I Love the detail we created above the range. Tone-on-tone with a pattern change is subtle, pretty and sophisticated. This isn’t some trendy tile accent my clients will tire of in a few years! (Such a common mistake in kitchen renos.)
Lighting is always a place to have a little fun in the kitchen.
Really happy with how this one turned out. I hope my clients’ enjoy it for many years to come!