Great storage doesn’t have to be boring or sterile looking. This Galva kitchen is proof that great storage can be stylish, warm and inviting. Rustic Beech cabinetry and Silestone Quartz countertops make a stylish first impression and what hides inside of these cabinets gives amazing function to the space.
Updated materials and up-to-date storage solutions fill this new kitchen design. No extensive wall-work or major structural changes were made to the room. A similar layout to the original kitchen was recreated with better storage and updated materials in mind.
Dated soffits above were removed and by keeping a similar layout to the original design, all of the current hook ups for the appliances were able to be used. An L-shaped layout with a peninsula extending from the back door entry provides plenty of countertop space. Here is a birdseye view of the new kitchen design.
With limited space near the sink, the dishwasher needs to be located in another area. Surrounded by base cabinets in the peninsula, the dishwasher is still within reach of a user loading from the sink. It is also important to note when looking at this layout from above that appliance doors need to have a clearance to open.
The location of this peninsula allows for the dishwasher door to be open and just enough room to make your way around the open door. The same can be said about the oven door right across from the dishwasher. The peninsula cabinets surrounding the dishwasher offer great storage within. A double-bin pullout trash cabinet is located to the right of the dishwasher and sliding shelves inside of the base cabinetry are adjustable to accommodate anything you would want to fit within the 24″ deep space inside. Having this long area of countertop right in the center of the new kitchen is absolutely perfect. This countertop is nothing you have to be careful with either. Silestone Quartz is a man-made engineered material that is ideal for busy kitchens and is even used in commercial kitchens. It is extremely durable and completely non-porous. Imagine how great this counter will be for rolling out Christmas cookies to cut and bake!
The back panel of this peninsula is a “beaded” or “beadboard” look. This gives the “Chocolate” accent glaze on the “Briarwood” finish a chance to stand out and add some interest to the view into the kitchen from the front entry. Another important change to mention is the original kitchen had carpet located on the floor. New Luxury Vinyl Tile, or “LVT” has been installed with a grouted look. Still softer and warmer than ceramic tile, this material will be far easier to keep clean in the new kitchen. The refrigerator is located in the same area but has been given a more built-in appearance. With the refrigerator in clear view of both entrances into the kitchen, the designer from Village Home Stores didn’t want such a large appliance to distract from the amazing overall design.
Refrigerator end panels were installed surrounding the new unit and capping off a deep wall cabinet above. The space allowance is now ideal for current refrigerator dimensions including height and depth. It might look like this is a counter-depth refrigerator but this is in fact a standard depth model. To achieve this look the end panels were ordered at a deeper dimension. You can notice the change in depth if you look at the base cabinets and counter to the left. We mentioned this kitchen is full of great storage and of course any corner of a kitchen design needs to be used to its fullest potential. The easiest way to achieve full access to your corner space above and below your counter space is with Lazy Susan inserts. With the soffits above now removed, this allowed for the opportunity to add some style to the corner by making the upper cabinet taller and deeper. The original kitchen had a painted backsplash surface. The new look includes a tiled backsplash using an elongated field tile with glass “Tigereye” accents inserted. The tile is a perfect compliment to the Oil-Rubbed Bronze finishes throughout the new kitchen as well as the accent glaze on the cabinetry. Note the use of Bronze switchplate covers on the receptacles:
This may seem like a silly thing to point out but imagine if bright white plates were used. That would distract instead of compliment the overall look. Above the original kitchen sink and below the drop-down soffit was a wood valance. Valances still continue to be a great way to complete an area surrounding a window. Our carpenters worked with the homeowner to create a valance-like installation above the window as a way to bridge the wall cabinets surrounding it.
The cabinet crown molding carries your eye across the window and helps anchor the wall cabinets above together. With limited space in the existing kitchen it can be a challenge to have enough pantry storage space. Our cabinet lines do offer tall pantry cabinets beginning as narrow as 9″ wide. The area to the left of the range is closer to 18″ wide and that would still make for a usable pantry cabinet but we came up with a different solution:
A base cabinet below with four adjustable sliding shelves provides 24″ deep storage space to move into. Four shelf spaces in the 12″ deep wall cabinet above can be used in a number of ways as well. The addition of a third cabinet here gives a visually full look to the space from floor to ceiling but the added bonus of counter space right in the center of the pantry area. What’s not to love about a kitchen made better? We thank this Galva, IL family for allowing us to help update their kitchen and also for letting us show you around.
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