In their third remodel with us, this young family wanted to update their craftsman bungalow kitchen. The existing kitchen already opened up into the dining room from one of our previous renovations. However, the kitchen still lacked adequate counter space and attractive, functional storage.
This project started with an aesthetic compromise– he wanted a stainless steel kitchen, she wanted a more traditional style. The final result has modern lines and smooth surfaces, combined with natural variation and texture.
Handmade ceramic tiles from North Prairie Tile add a touch of rustic warmth. The rift-sawn white-oak has a more subdued pattern than the usual plain sawn oak.
Before the renovation, a free standing island added storage and counter space to the kitchen. This design added a built-in version of this makeshift solution. The new transitional cabinet is custom built to match the existing buffet in the dining room, and keeps dishes and tools out of sight.
A continuous London Grey granite countertop provides enough workspace to make cooking and entertaining easy. Custom stainless steel shelves near the range are easy to clean and keep messy oils within reach.
“Ben’s team did an amazing job renovating our kitchen. While we initially worked with an architect, Ben provided his expert design guidance as well. He truly has an eye for restoring old homes. A kitchen project is probably the most disruptive project you can do. Thankfully Ben’s team helped us live through the twelve week process by setting up an outdoor kitchen (complete with sink and refrigerator) for us to use and enjoy the remaining summer months. We look forward to working with Ben as we continue to improve our bungalow.”
– Shannon O’Brien & Shaun Curtin, homeowners
Designed with Joe Metzler SALA Architects
Photography by Troy Thies