We first met this Bettendorf, Iowa couple at the QCBR Home Show last Winter. They had been considering a remodel to their existing kitchen for a number of years but hadn’t really been inspired yet to take on the full project.
After meeting at their home, our designer suggested something that they hadn’t even considered before…removing a wall. An existing wall divided the front Living Room area from the current kitchen. Our designer was able to show them a rendered drawing of a possible layout of the kitchen if that wall was removed. Now they were even more intrigued.
Time passed as they considered the project and the more they stared at that wall, the more they realized… that wall had to go.
This new kitchen features Koch cabinets in the Seneca Birch “Briarwood” stain and a complete suite of Stainless Steel Whirlpool appliances give this kitchen an updated look while looking right at home in the space. Instead of matching the exact color of Oak trim and furniture throughout the home, the flooring and cabinets change to a similar tone but a more closed grain of wood. Selecting wood tones that compliment each other instead of duplicating a finish can really give off a more polished look in many cases.
Right when I walked in the door to see the finished project I said, “Please tell me we put these floors in for you.” Because they were so beautiful they almost distracted me from the reason I was stopping by (to see the new kitchen). These Acacia hand-scraped wood floors in the “Hazelnut” finish look so outstanding in person! The light really catches all that hand-scraped detail so well.
The hardwood was installed from the front door on through the living room and then into the new kitchen and eat-in area. This investment is a key ingredient in making this new space seem like an open floorplan that belongs in this home. There is now no visible trace of the wall that once blocked the view and light into the kitchen.
The “Coffee Brown” granite countertops were actually purchased as part of our promotional color program at just $59 a sq. ft. and look so perfect with the strip of accent tile selected for the backsplash. We are often asked about how our stone fabricators “hide” the support brackets for the overhang on a granite top. This island top is a great example to show you. Notched into the back cabinet and panel to sit flush with the top of the cabinet, these steel supports are hidden from plain sight. The length, location, and amount of countertop supports your project may need will be based on the depth of the top and the length of the material to be supported.
The previous kitchen layout only had one small stack of drawers. This new design now includes many drawers including large pots & pans drawers on the sink wall. The end cabinet shown here has slide-out shelves to help organize Tupperware containers and lids.
There is also a pull-out trash cabinet and more added drawers in the island facing the kitchen sink.
By removing an existing wall to bury a supporting header within, the space is now open and bright. Can lights were added to the front room as well as a ceiling fan. We are so glad to have arranged and coordinated all of the teams of players who made this space great. Our thanks this Bettendorf couple for striking up a conversation with us at last year’s home show and for inviting us back in to share it with you readers. This Holiday season is going to be great for them in their new kitchen! Do you have a wall that may be blocking you from your dream kitchen? Give us a call or click for an appointment to start the conversation about your new space! Reach us at 309 944 1344 and let’s get started.