Not every remodel we complete involved removing a wall to find space. Remodeled for an updated look with a few slight layout changes, this Moline kitchen now looks great and works even greater for the owners!Galley kitchens and even single-wall kitchens are extremely common and we remodel many in the area. When existing location of the kitchen restricts you with how much overall square footage you can use, you must get creative with the design of the new layout. Making the most of what space you have is what we love doing! Take a look at where we began with this galley remodel. A long wall of cabinets on the sink wall offered storage and even a small peninsula on the end allowed some seating and added counter space.
The opposite wall housed a wall oven and the refrigerator. An existing doorway to a stairwell blocked the very end of the cabinets from extending any further to match the sink wall. In the before photo you see here this wall of cabinetry ended at the refrigerator. A sun room at the rear of the kitchen and open to the front living room at the other end, the new design couldn’t stretch outside the room…but it can still grow. Here is a photo of the kitchen taken during the remodel process.
A new pocket door to the sun room has been roughed in and a header above has also been installed. Now that the door will not swing into the kitchen, that back corner of the wall can include two wall ovens.
Double ovens by Maytag now can be installed right on the sun room end of the new design. A solution to the old kitchen issue of no landing space for the refrigerator is to include a counter area between the new wall ovens and the new refrigerator. This area is perfect for a coffee station. The new cabinet design no longer ends at the refrigerator. The galley kitchen now has grown to include the existing doorway and include it in the new kitchen.
A tall face frame and door has been ordered and installed to cover the old stairwell that has now become a built-in pantry. This new look balances the length of the sink wall across from it but doesn’t intrude into the kitchen at all. The pantry front takes up not more space than the original door and the end result actually makes the new kitchen seem larger.
The cooktop stayed in the same location but now has great storage surrounding it including this pull-out spice rack cabinet. 3″ is all you need to have spices within reach and off your wall cabinet shelves. See this cabinet in action over on our YouTube channel here.
The finishes in this kitchen are a beautiful upgrade from what was taken out. Koch cabinetry in a Birch wood and “Chestnut” stain with black accent glaze are paired with “Impanema White” granite counters. With only the sink wall and the small area on the opposite wall to consider for backsplash, a tiled look is a wonderful choice. A white subway tile for the main “field” is accented by a strip of mosaic tile that stretches the length of the wall. Adding this line of accent to grab your eye also helps make the new kitchen seem larger than the original.
A small peninsula was part of the original design and the new kitchen also includes one as well. An angled base cabinet below helps allow even more legroom for two benches and a turned post has been installed to match the cabinetry and support the weight of the granite top.
As with many remodel projects we do, the soffits from the original kitchen were taken out and taller cabinetry was installed in their place. Without stretching into the front living room or the back sun room we were able to still add storage space to the new design of this kitchen. For a kitchen this size to include a large french-door refrigerator, a double oven, separate cooktop and a dishwasher plus more storage is a pretty great task.
We also want to mention another surface area of the new kitchen. The floors have been replaced with brand new hardwood in the kitchen. With just a single step down to the sun room and a glass-front pocket door in between, the sun room floor needed to feel like a real part of the new kitchen. Because of the back door traffic, hardwood was not ideal for the sun room but tile would be perfect. A porcelain tile with a look of wood in a very similar color was selected and installed and the choices were perfect. Selecting the right materials and the perfect application is what we help our customers do every day. Whether you are installing your materials yourself, or need us to help arrange someone to do it for you, get in touch with us. Contact us online here or give us a call to start talking about your own project.