Hold on tight I thought and my grasp tightened involuntarily on the frame of the large picture. My pony tail whipped and the ends hit me in the face causing me to close my eyes and shake my head. “Oh No don’t let go!” I told myself as the wind swooped between me and the picture. It felt like the six foot canvas could be pulled up into the air like a kite; so I stood there trying to hold onto it and wait for Mother Nature to finish her blustering. The wind with its harshness brought the first subtle movement from summer to fall. The moving air felt fresh with a ting of cool and being outside was quite tolerable, if not desirable. Fall air feels crisp and humidity free, therefore everything seems lighter! Let’s take a peek into a kitchen remodel that lightened and brightened the space, just in time for fall baking and Christmas cookie making, somewhere beyond the heart of The Villages.
• Awkward galley opens up
This kitchen had all the original cabinetry and the house is at least thirty years old. The kitchen is a galley kitchen but it had an opening between the pantry and the refrigerator. The challenges we faced in this remodel was removing a wall, finding a better home for the refrigerator, and taking out a wall to open up the space to the main living area. We had a budget and did not want to break it by making major changes to the outside of the home.
• How we moved the refrigerator
I had no idea how to move the refrigerator without closing up the window at the back of the kitchen. The kitchen remodeler has a creative side and he suggested that we move the refrigerator to the window area. He could create a fake wall behind the refrigerator that would allow one half of the window to pocket behind it and the original window would remain intact. By doing this we would have one half of the windows still exposed for the natural light and we would not need to change the outside of the house. When you look at the picture it looks like a small window but the other half is hidden behind a fake wall that is the backing for the refrigerator. Also, the refrigerator is a counter depth French door design. It does not stick out as far as a regular refrigerator. Tip: Most refrigerators are taller than older models so consider this when purchasing a new one. If you need to move the cabinet above the refrigerator it can be done. WE do it all the time!
• Remove a wall
The wall that was the former refrigerator housing was removed and a large island was created. The island is 130 inches long and took eight men to carry it into the space. This island provides so much work space and gathering space and brings the kitchen up to date.
• Removed the soffits
A common practice when this house was built included installing soffits on the ceiling so that the standard cabinet would fit into the space. We removed all of the soffits and installed new upper cabinets that reached all the way to the ceiling. Taking the cabinets all the way to the ceiling will make the kitchen look larger because the eye is drawn upward by the continuous cabinet and beautiful crown molding around the top.
• Remove the raised oven
The oven was contained in a bank of cabinets that had lots of wasted space.
The homeowner did not need a separate oven so we purchased a new combo oven and stove. The controls on the stove are on the front so that it would not interfere with the granite backsplash.
• Uninterrupted space
The counter tops were very broken up in the before picture so there was never one long run of workable space. By changing the configuration we had so much counter space the homeowner could not wait to start cooking!
The homeowner loves granite and we chose a combination of two to use in the space. We also installed the backsplash in granite for a seamless look. The granite has a fifteen year seal and will not require maintenance.
• Banquet seating
We decided to trim out all the windows in the kitchen in white. Also, we wanted a banquet to run below the large window on the left of the refrigerator. The homeowner could store many things in this bench and still have a great seating area for friends.
• Wood Flooring
This house has engineered hardwood floors throughout. We continued with the hardwood into the kitchen and it looks light and beautiful!
P.S. –Attention, club presidents! I give free decorating programs! It is lots of fun and very informative. Call and schedule your club today or call Ruth your full service decorator at 352-804-2056
P.P.S Be sure to visit our home decor store, "The Finishing Touch" for your home good needs.
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