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Colorful Kitchen

Kitchens in older homes can be a challenge, and this one was no exception.  They are often too small, too cramped, and don’t make good use of limited space.  Previous owners had remodeled this kitchen prior to our clients living there.  While it worked, it just never “felt right” for our clients.  In addition, the materials and finishes used were not of very good quality and were starting to deteriorate.  The goal for our team on this project was to make the most of a limited space, and update using finishes that would hold up well and fit our clients style.

During the design process, our team came up with a 2-zone idea that our clients really liked.  The primary zone would be where cooking and dishwashing would occur, and the second zone would be for storage and a little additional prep space for larger cooking tasks.  In addition, our clients love a lot of color and variety of finishes, so our team was challenged with carefully making a lot of different textures and colors look good together.

Our client couldn’t be more thrilled with the results.  The “zones” are distinguished by two different cabinet colors.  High quality cabinets are used for long term durability.  Cambria quartz countertops are durable as heck and look great.  An old-fashioned green linoleum floor looks amazing.  The backsplash features red and yellow tile that really pops.

For function, the cabinets include soft-close hardware and some hidden organizers.  Tons of new lighting was added, including undercabinet lighting.  The old weight-pocket windows were replaced with new Marvin double hungs.

The ultimate “victory” with this project:  When the Building Inspector stopped by for final inspections, his jaw dropped and he said, “wow, this really turned out beautiful!”  Inspectors normally don’t show that type of emotion.


Kitchen Design, Plans, and Cabinets/Countertops:  Carly Hand

Flooring, Tile, Paint Colors:  Tracy Morris



Eric Bader