I blogged a bit about this project before (here and here and here), but now we're finished (just waiting on some final little details like seat cushions and window treatments). I'm so thrilled with how great this kitchen looks - I've been so excited to post these photos!
You may recall my previous post about how challenging it can be when you're remodeling only part of a home, and therefore are forced to work with existing items like honey oak that are outdated but due to budget restrictions they have to remain. In this case we had honey oak everywhere in the home - flooring, doors, trim, cabinets, and even light fixtures. I had no choice but to work around it, especially since I had convinced my clients that we could remove the wall and open up the kitchen without creating a domino effect that would force them to tear apart the entire house. We worked with the existing oak by using a coordinating-but-not-matching darker red/brown finish on the cabinets (matching the darker grain in the oak floors) and selecting granite with a slight gold tone (though not the dominant color as we didn't want to emphasize the gold). I couldn't be happier with the results, and I think my clients feel the same way.
One thing that strikes me the most is how much the original architecture of the home is enhanced by this remodel. It's an amazing home, and the beautiful new kitchen fits right in.
Let's take a look at some before & after shots to get the full effect:
The Lutron designer finish outlet in the island is a much better look than a standard white or black outlet.
My signature LeMans corner pull-out unit
A specialty crown profile and the Amerock Blackrock hardware add flair to the otherwise simple cabinet style.
The glass backsplash tile added the perfect luxurious touch.
I teamed up with ReVive Remodeling for the construction.
The custom cabinetry was built by RiverWoods Mill.
The Red Montana granite countertops are from European Marble and Granite.
And just for fun, this was the proposed model I drew on SketchUp.