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The homeowner featured in this article purchased their home knowing that they would need to renovate the small existing and inadequate kitchen. Functionally, the disjointed layout was dated, lacked storage and useful prep space throughout. The kitchen sink was located at the edge of an awkward peninsula making it impractical for the right-handed homeowner. That same peninsula blocked direct access to both the garage and main entry of the home creating an entertaining dilemma. The obsolete nook area took up a large portion of the kitchen. Aesthetically, the dated oak cabinets, scuffed linoleum floor, poor lighting, and damaged tiled countertops left much to be desired. Therefore, a reconfiguration was needed to optimize traffic flow patterns, a useful work triangle, accessibility to storage, task and ambient lighting, larger prep space for cooking, and carefully selected materials to brighten up the space. The homeowner wanted a “wow factor” when entertaining guests.

The new layout solved all the client’s needs and then some. By creating a reconfigured garage entry door, it opened up the main access of the kitchen improving the functionality of the space and traffic flow patterns. Removing the peninsula and reducing a portion of a load-bearing wall added to the open concept. The bay windows were replaced with a raised sill to allow for the relocated sink which provided a perfect view of the garden. Slightly narrower French door with sidelight replaced the former slider and shifted the point of egress, which helped delineate the adjacent family room from the kitchen. The doorway to the dining room was abandoned to gain needed storage while establishing a more functional work triangle.

Painted maple cabinets in a warm white hue brightened up the space. The custom cabinetry made it possible to access every inch of this compact space. Cabinet details were extended to connect the perimeter cabinetry allowing the American made quartz countertops to continuously flow around the kitchen. The kitchen sink was carefully considered alongside the dishwasher to fit within the bay window space. An appliance garage was placed adjacent to the sink making their coffee maker accessible yet out of sight and a microwave drawer was strategically placed in the island to maximize upper cabinet storage. An onyx harlequin mosaic backsplash brought the butterscotch color palette together and was designed to cleverly integrate with the wood trim details at the bay windows. Cohesive design finishes, patterns and materials echo throughout the space and add to the warm and welcoming atmosphere.

One of the design challenges was relocating the sink. This prompted extra research during the design phase. Due to the slab foundation, an x-ray of the slab area was performed for rebar prior to trenching to ensure that it wouldn’t compromise the structural integrity of the foundation. Another challenge was the venting and exhaust locations because it was a two-story home. The plumber was able to creatively vent the new sink.

With Case® Design/Remodeling, every single aspect of your home improvement needs are covered. For the featured renovation in this article, Case received a NARI META Platinum award. The process-driven team at Case always strives to facilitate a logical sequence of steps that will help break down and simplify the remodeling process, while keeping the project on track and moving forward from design to completion. For more information, you can visit their website at, or call 408-484-3884 for a free consultation.




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