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FUNCTION & STYLE: kitchen redesign before & after

Our clients wanted to update the kitchen in their 1960s home to include better storage, a laundry area, more prep space, seating and a small desk for a laptop — all without changing the existing footprint.

The existing kitchen lacked countertop and storage space that would allow the homeowners, aspiring chefs, to store all their cooking gadgets. The clients thought the oak cabinets and plastic laminate counters could use an update and wanted to increase the size of the island. One of the challenges in this project was trying to fit a full-size washer and dryer into the kitchen as unobtrusively as possible. We designed the space so that the laundry suite would be placed in the corner to the right of the kitchen entrance, and put tall pantries and a full-depth refrigerator along the same wall. This helped camouflage the extra-deep laundry suite to the right of the fridge. We dramatically increased the size of the island and added seating for two, a built-in microwave, a mixer lift and more storage. We relocated the new range and vent hood along the sink wall to gain much-needed prep space on either side of the stove. Large, white upper cabinets create an airy feel, anchored by natural oak base cabinetry. Spice pullouts maximize storage space and make for ease of use when cooking.

The homeowners wanted to include a broom closet, a bar for liquor and glassware, additional pantry, and a coffee station. We accommodated all these in a series of 14-inch deep cabinets. We created a“tea box” and lined it with the same dark quartz countertop used on the perimeter of the kitchen. The quartz lining ensures that steam from coffee makers and electric kettles doesn’t damage cabinets. We also added LED strip lights under the upper cabinets to provide additional illumination. These lights can work as task lights, and if all the other lights in the kitchen are off, they can act as an accent.

Here are the before & afters:

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