Orion Remodel: Island Living

This kitchen remodel in Orion, IL begins like so many in our area. Oak cabinets, existing soffits, a wall keeping the kitchen contained and a peninsula. I am sure many of you readers have or have had a kitchen similar to that description. Take a look at where this story began….

before_kitchenLook familiar to anyone? While there is nothing at all wrong with this kitchen look, it is the common description attached to many of the remodels we do when a home is ready for an update. But now see where this project has ended up!

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Koch cabinets in the “Legacy: doorstyle and painted “Pearl” finish with “Umber” highlights are installed on the main kitchen wall and large island in the Birch “Java”  finish are both topped with Cambria Quartz in the ‘Windermere” design. The doorway into the kitchen has transitioned into an open concept to the front room and dining space nearby. The soffits that extended to the ceiling were removed and now a staggered height design is in place to make this main wall of the kitchen look magazine-cover ready!

island_backA large island roughly 7 1/2′ x 4′ in size makes a great new location for prep, dining, cleanup, and entertaining. This kitchen island is now at the center of all activity in this kitchen. Even with a large crowd congregating around the back of this arching island shape, guests will be no bother to the users in the main prep areas of the kitchen. As you may have seen on the latest episode of the Village Home Show, this island is usable from all sides. The back “paneled” face actually includes usable cabinets 2′ deep. Each island side also has a functional cabinet as well.large island

The new island is now home to the kitchen sink and it also includes one of our favorite features, a garbage disposal button. Disposal buttons can be wonderful in island sink designs because a switch would otherwise have to be located in the cabinet beneath or on a wall behind the user. This feature is instead within reach and works at  just at the push of a button.

disposal_buttonTwo people can now easily navigate around the back wall of cabinetry and the island sink area, even if the dishwasher or refrigerator door is opened. Directly behind the sink and centered in the main wall of cabinetry is a Maytag cooktop below a wood decorative hood. In place of a large stack of drawers or a sinkbase cabinet for the cooktop, an inverted base cabinet was used.

inverted sinkbase cabinetA tall, deep drawer on the very bottom of the cabinet for pots and pans leaves a wide open space above for the cooktop components above. Adding a sliding shelf can make this open space even more usable. See this cabinet in action over on our YouTube channel here.

Village_home_showIf you caught our newest episode of the Village Home Show you were able to see a full video tour of this beautiful Orion kitchen. Since the episode was focused specifically on the kitchen island and lighting above it, you may not have noticed something was missing… something pretty big. Take a look at our designer working with the customer the day of filming in the image above. They were brainstorming about selections of backsplash for the kitchen. What they ended up selecting is perfect:

orion_tile_installerThis combination of a neutral 3″ x 6″ tumbled marble field tile and a framed in accent tile above the cooktop grabs your attention right when you walk in the front door of this home. If a second tile is not a look you are after, consider this same layout but instead frame in your field tile installed going a different direction. Another great idea is to select a smaller or larger tile from the same series to install withing this framed space.

tileThese tiles were selected as a perfect compliment to the gorgeous new Cambria Quartz counters in the new kitchen. The darker field tile picks up on the veining in the Cambria design and the accent tile framed in is more similar to the cabinet finish. The roped pencil rail that creates that framed look matches so well with the cabinet handles and knobs and looks right at home in this kitchen.

ogee_cambria_edgeThe upgrade to an “Ogee Edge” profile on the Cambria “Windermere” Quartz tops really catches the light and your eye. The arch of the island overhang and the bumped-out look of the cooktop each look highlighted by this added edge detail. On the far left end of the main kitchen wall is an appliance garage cabinet that extends all the way down the countertop.

hidden_keurigThis cabinet opens with a top-lift hinge that can stay open to allow the hidden coffeepot within to be pulled out and tucked back away when not in use. See this cabinet in action over on our YouTube channel here. On the opposite end of this main kitchen wall is a new combination microwave and wall oven from our Maytag line.

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The location of this tall, deep cabinet mirrors the refrigerator in size on the other side of the cooktop and hood area at the very center of the design. We wanted to be sure to mention another important element to this successful remodel. A layered lighting plan. lighting

This same room can be used any time of day and still offer ample task and ambient lighting. Our Diode L.E.D. system has been installed under and above the cabinetry on the back wall. Three medium-sized pendants spread the length of the kitchen island and recessed cans have been installed to light the back wall and the island itself.

This entire project was managed from start to finish for these Orion customers using the complete Project Management program here at Village Home Stores.  This means that all of the estimates, schedules, and crews were managed by us and this project stayed on track and was completed in as reasonable timeframe as possible. If you want to get started on putting together a free estimate for a remodel like this, call or click today for an appointment. Village_Cabinetry