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These empty nesters made a deal, if the husband got his dream lot, a home on 16 acres surrounded by woods, then his wife would get her dream kitchen. That’s when they called Granger Remodel & Design; three days after they moved in.
Aside from all of your standard updates, new counters, backsplash and painted cabinets, this kitchen needed to be more functional for this couple. The wife enjoys cooking and spends a lot of time in the kitchen.
Remove the desk next to the sink so that the dinning area could handle large family gatherings
Modify the appliance cabinets to handle double ovens (re: large family gatherings) and a new microwave.
Loose the ugly little mini-freezer; who needs it when you’ve got one in the garage?
Modifications for a farmhouse sink and removal of the smaller sink 5' feet away
The addition of raised panels on both islands to give them more character and depth
Add a 12 inch overhang on the large island that bar stools could slide under so guests can chat while the wife bakes up a storm in her new double ovens ;-)
Unfortunately, painting the existing trim in the kitchen and replacing the flooring weren’t in the budget. Both ran throughout the house and would have increased the bid substantially. Luckily we found enough left over tile in the garage to patch the floors from the desk removal. Hubby also said no to a new matching fridge; try getting an engineer to replace something thats not broke purely for aesthetics…not going to happen (young ladies, please take note if you’re currently engaged to an engineer).
After the cabinet modifications and counters it was on to paint. Painting cabinets is a pretty intense process, it requires sealing and venting the entire kitchen space because of the dust and fumes. It’s best done when homeowners aren’t occupying the home but is possible if they aren’t able to leave.
The Finished Product
The wife wanted a very traditional, almost victorian, aesthetic. She loves ornate figuring and wanted to stay as far away from contemporary as possible. The granite counters have an upgraded ogee edge, the cabinets are glazed and the backsplash is diagonally laid with aged bronze accent tiles that the client hand picked. That's a copper farmhouse sink, and it’s her favorite part.
Appliances: Kitchen Aid
Counters: Granite, “White Paradise”