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Eye-Catching Kitchen

Before After

Something about gray works just perfectly for kitchens. These last few years, more and more homeowners have been ditching traditional white or brown cabinets in favor of grays in their kitchens. Years ago, there was a prediction that gray would become the new white. Mostly because this neutral color is a multipurpose color, it has so many different shades, that it makes it easy to design a kitchen.

David and Tammy purchased a 1,622 sq. ft. single-family home in late 2019. The beautiful home with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two car garage is located in desirable Deep Creek. A short while after their purchase, the homeowners were tired of dealing with the location of dishwasher. The dishwasher’s existing position was frustrating (see “before” photo). Whenever the homeowners stood in front of the kitchen sink, it was difficult to load or unload the dishwasher. Anytime David and Tammy stood in front of the sink, their body blocked the dishwasher door from opening. They knew they had a problem on their hands.

Before After

As a kitchen designer, I usually recommend that a dishwasher be positioned next to the sink. There are two reasons for this: the first is that it will make plumbing much easier and less costly, and the second is behavioral. People generally use a “scrape, rinse, load” method to load their dishwasher. But in the case for our new clients, there was no room right next to the sink base to move the dishwasher.

Nevertheless, you know how home projects are…once you do one thing…the snowball begins. Besides moving the dishwasher, David and Tammy wanted to add a cooktop, and a double oven. And they wanted to replace the old fluorescent lights in the soffits with LED can lights. Although they weren’t in love with the floor tiles, they decided to keep the tile. So, that meant I had to design the new kitchen using the existing footprint.

Before After

It was finally time. The couple was ready to update the kitchen they had been using for a little over a year. While the footprint didn’t need to change dramatically, the flow of the space needed reworked and the owners were excited to give the room a fresh, clean makeover.

We scooted the dishwasher down a bit. Then we replaced the freestanding range with a cooktop, and double ovens. These were placed to the opposite side of the kitchen. That meant we had to add proper circuits for the ovens, cooktop, and microwave.

I love how this faded 1989 kitchen got revved up with gray cabinets, high-performance appliances, granite countertops, and a vibrant tile mosaic backsplash. Just as certain clothes can signify an era, so can some kitchens. Our team created a smart-looking, high-functioning kitchen without moving walls. We replaced the 31-year-old laminated cabinets with Aspect Shaker-style cabinets, with gravel stone stain. Just Counter & other stuff teams: Tommy McCaffrey and Pat Brun, Aaron Shaffer and Paul Damon did an awesome job. They pulled this job off and did it well! Imex Stone installed the Luna Pearl granite countertops. We are so fortunate to have excellent workers like Imex on our team.

When my coworker, Cindy Kohls-Brophy, and I were invited back to this beautiful home to take after pictures we had the opportunity to meet the homeowner’s 14-year-old dog. I couldn’t resist taking a snapshot of Waylon. Isn’t he the cutest?

Before After

If you are on the fence about gray cabinets, I hope this blog will ease your reservations. In fact, if you would like your kitchen to fill you with happiness every time you walk in, contact me.


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