This circa late ‘70s /early ‘80s kitchen became the main focus for a husband and wife, both married for a second time. The short story: for a brief time, this was his “bachelor” pad before he met her. Boy meets girl, they fall in love and homes merge together with his home as the main residence. Her “mission”? Update the kitchen!


The “before” picture (left) reflects most of the elements that required change. After the kitchen design was completed, a complete kitchen demolition was required as “everything must go” (including the washer and dryer!)

New appliance, cabinetry, countertop, floor/tile, fixtures and a new kitchen window were installed to ensure the space was completely up-to-date.

The kitchen’s most important functional design objective was to open it up to adjacent family and dining rooms. This required removing the lower eastern and southern walls.

Voila. We incorporated the following:

  • Kitchen Aid appliances
  • Full overlay Shaker door-style Cherry cabinetry.
  • Engineered Oak floors matching the same in dining room and family room to allow for continuation of the space.
  • Mission type lights over the L-shaped island allowing informal gatherings as family and friend linger in the family and dining room.
  • Recessed lights and under cabinet lighting throughout.
  • All lights have dimmer switches in order to transform task and general into ambient lighting.
  • The most unique piece: a suspended wall cabinet with glass and Mission mullions on all four sides with lighting in the interior.

Overall cost of this project including labor and installation: $80,000.