Small and Dark to Big and Bright: A Kitchen Transformation

Like many homeowners in the DC Metro area, our clients found themselves in an older home with great bones but a small, dark and dated kitchen that didn’t function well for their busy family of five.

The homeowner says “The kitchen was very small, but it worked well when we purchased the house eight years ago and it was just the two of us”. In the coming years, they would add three children to their family and discover that the kitchen didn’t function well for them.  In addition to being dark and small, the homeowner says that the cramped space caused issues such as the oven and refrigerator doors opening against their eat-in island. The island was so small that only four of them could sit at once, with one person standing. Even though they had an adjoining dining room area, they found they wanted to eat in the kitchen.

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Before–small, cramped, dark and dated
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The wall between the small kitchen and dining room area was removed to double the new kitchen’s size

The final straw was when things started to break. The ice-maker stopped working. The laminate flooring had fasteners backing up. A host of small irritations gathered to finally induce these homeowners to make a change. They called several general and specialty kitchen contractors and although they were all pleasant to deal with, the homeowner said that no one had a vision for the space like Nicely Done’s designer, Cathy Goss.

“The other contractors who gave us estimates didn’t offer new solutions, they just recommended reusing the existing space and footprint. Cathy was the first designer who was able to see a solution outside the box”.

The resulting design incorporated removal of a non-load bearing wall between the existing kitchen and formal dining area. This doubled the size of the original kitchen from 120 square feet to 240 square feet. Removal of the dated, dark cabinets and installation of custom white Holiday Kitchens cabinetry give the entire kitchen a bright, open and airy feeling. Removal of the wall meant an additional window in the kitchen, providing more natural light. The large island, in a contrasting shade of truffle brown provides ample casual seating and prep space.

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After: spacious and bright!
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After: Bright white cabinetry by Holiday Kitchens.
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Cambria countertops in “Ella” pattern with gray veining highlighted with pale gray backsplash tile.
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Beautiful new stainless steel hood and gas range.
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Subtle, yet lovely–the inset tile pattern in the same shade of gray provides a focal point behind the new range.

Additional decorative touches can be found in the subway tile backsplash in a pale shade of gray, with inset mosaic as a focal point above the range. New wood flooring was installed in the former kitchen area and stained to match the existing floors for an integrated feel throughout that level. New lighting, fixtures and improved layout maximize the beauty and functionality of this amazing new kitchen. The classic look will serve this family for years to come and provide a wonderful gathering place at the heart of this classic home.

The homeowner praised Nicely Done’s staff:   designer, project management, and installers: “The whole team was very professional, responsive, attentive and always available for any questions or concerns we had during the project”.

If the homeowner could offer one piece of advice to others thinking of renovating their kitchen, it’s this: “Do it sooner rather than later—don’t put it off—enjoy it with your family now”.

Are you in a similar situation as this client? Why not call Nicely Done Kitchens & Baths today and see how we can turn your cramped, dated kitchen into the spacious kitchen of your dreams?