Complete Kitchen Remodel
Kitchen remodels are so fun! Even though there is a lot more to think about during the design process: functionality, design scheme and literally deciding on and picking out every finish from floor to ceiling, it's an amazingly fulfilling process.
This kitchen was especially fun because it was our own. When we bought our house, the kitchen was super tiny and you walked through it to get to a huge dining area. In that dining area, there was a large picture window, a door to the garage and a door out to the yard.
For a while, we were trying to figure out how to keep the current layout and still make it beautiful and functional. It was a no go.
Finally, we decided to flip the kitchen around and move our dining space to a completely different area of the house.
In the first picture below, you can see that we tore out the large window and replaced it with a double sliding glass door so that we could access our new deck. That same space was where the dining area was. We moved all of the cabinets and appliances to that end of the space so we could have a larger working area.
In the original kitchen space, we created a wet bar and a desk area. The cabinets above the desk store paperwork, cookbooks, cords - anything that we wanted out of sight. The wet bar has a tall cabinet at one end that houses our coffee/tea making supplies (or some of them!) and the hideous microwave.
I also wanted a designated coffee bar on the counter for convenience. This is where we keep the items we use everyday.
We chose a darker color for the island and the tall cabinet on the wet bar to add some interest. We also had an amazing free-standing cabinet that we wanted to incorporate so now it sits at the end of the desk area and holds all of our dishes.
John Boos came through with amazing butcher block countertops! We didn't like the feel of marble or granite, or any other stone for that matter. We wanted a warmer feel and the butcher block was something we felt would make that happen.
A lot of entertaining was going to happen in this kitchen so we went with a separate fridge and freezer to maximize our space. Double ovens and a 48" Wolf drop-in were ordered along with the dishwasher and wine fridge.
The floors aren't only amazing because they are porcelain, not wood, but because my hubby added radiant floor heat to make up for the radiators we lost in the design. It's truly phenomenal to feel the heat under your feet on a super cold day!
We couldn't be happier with how it turned out! We definitely spend most of our time in this room and it was worth all the blood, sweat and tears!