Conrad Kitchen Remodel
Conrad Kitchen Remodel Before

The Conrad’s Kitchen Remodel

The Challenge

Take a Small kitchen, do not move any walls or add on to the house, yet make the space appear larger and make sure two people can occupy the kitchen at the same time.  Compound the cramped feeling with an outdated oak “drop ceiling” fluorescent light fixture that reduced the ceiling height to just seven feet.  This was just the beginning of the Conrad’s challenge.  The cabinetry had begun to see its better days, as hinges were starting to let go and the doors were starting to sag.  The dishwasher was located in a place that made it difficult to stand at the sink and open the door to load dishes.  The Conrad’s also wanted to add a Pantry cabinet so they could have more storage.  The original flooring was carpet and it had become impossible to keep it from looking dingy and worn.  At the other end of the kitchen was the only dining area used by the family.  The space was further divided by an exit door to the garage and two other openings into the front entryway and the living room.

The Solution

The design solution for this cramped kitchen space was to re-arrange it into a Galley style footprint.  This allowed the cabinetry and appliances to be comfortably positioned and allow at least two people the ability to work simultaneously.   The obvious first obstacle to remove was the oak “drop ceiling” light fixture to increase the ceiling height and open up the kitchen.   The new taller wall and pantry cabinets that were installed now take advantage of the additional ceiling height and provide the much needed additional storage space.  Natural stone-look, porcelain tile floors were selected to give the Kitchen an updated and timeless look and were extended into the Front entry of the home, which gave the continuity that they were looking for.  The finishing touches included Natural Quartz counter tops with an under-mount sink, porcelain tile with natural slate accents on the backsplash, recessed lighting in the ceiling and Xenon under-cabinet lights.  New stainless steel appliances completed the transformation.

Products Used:

Cabinetry:  Custom Cupboards / Heartland series Alder cabinets in the Alcott door style with a medium tone stain and glazed finish.  All of the drawers and pull-outs feature full extension, soft close guides.

Countertops:  Cambria Natural Quartz Surfaces in Linwood.

Plumbing Fixtures:  Kitchen Sink – Elkay Harmony undermount in Biscuit.  Kitchen Faucet – Delta Leland w/ pull-out head.  Disposal – ISE Pro Essential.

Tile Backsplash:  Emser Tile & Stone. The accent tile is Emser Tile & Stone’s Natural Slate in Autumn Lilac mosaic.

Tile Flooring:  Emser Tile & Stone.

Appliances:   Gas Range, Microwave oven/hood, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, all by Whirlpool Appliances.
Dianne and Art love the home they purchased more than 18 years ago. It has multiple levels and a very open floor plan.
John and Linda Courtney needed room to hold their family dinners each Sunday. With 13 (or more) in attendance, the small dining area wouldn’t seat everyone comfortably.