Updating the look and functionality of your kitchen does not necessarily mean you have to change everything. Many homeowners are happy with much of what their kitchen has to offer, like the flow and the cabinetry. They are looking to bring a fresh look to the space. This kind of project is called a cosmetic remodel, which provides many design options. For this client, we were able to update her kitchen while keeping the cottage feel she loves.
Original Design: Located in Northwest Carmel, the home was built in the mid 1980s. The homeowner purchased it in 2001 but did not live there permanently until 2009. “The banquette seating was not working for me any longer, so I wanted that removed. The cabinets and countertops needed updating as well. I had already replaced most of the appliances, but I needed a new refrigerator. It was important that I spend within the value of the neighborhood, however.”
Cosmetic Upgrades: The homeowner was concerned about the gap that is left between the sink and the natural stone or quartz countertops. The designer suggested laminate countertops, as they fit into the homeowners budget and can be installed with an integrated sink. The homeowner chose Wilsonart’s Madura Gold option, with a bevel edge and a stainless steel sink. Adding the 9” x 12” Barcelo Roman Beige tile backsplash in a horizontal pattern with 1/8” grout lines and the Bamboo Blend accent tile compliments the countertop, and gives the kitchen a high-end, finished look.
The cabinets were in good shape, so refinishing rather than replacing them was a good option. Removal of the banquette seating left room for new cabinets and open bookshelves to be installed for increased storage. The homeowner chose maple cabinets in a cashmere stain and our carpenters added decorative trim. The existing cabinetry was stained to match the new cabinetry. New cabinet hardware included Jeffrey Alexander Lenoir knobs with back plates and cup pulls, all with a rope detail.
For the flooring, the homeowner knew she did not want tile, and wood was out of the budget. Vinyl flooring made to look like ceramic tile was a great option to meet the needs of the homeowner.
Finally, the dark wood ceiling was painted white to continue the open feel of the rest of the home into the kitchen.
Final Results: The new kitchen flows perfectly with the warm, cozy feel of the rest of the home. The homeowner kept the existing upper kitchen shelving, allowing the display of her collection of artifacts from her world travels to enter the kitchen area. The new small seating area better suits her needs, as the banquette was becoming difficult to use. According to the homeowner, “I knew the features I wanted, and I am happy with my choices.”
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