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When boating and fishing enthusiasts Michael and Marcia had the chance to purchase a slice of paradise they jumped at the opportunity. Their stunning ranch style pool home in Port Charlotte came with access to Myakka River which leads to the Charlotte Harbor and Gulf of Mexico. It’s the perfect complement to their desire for a coastal lifestyle. The three-bedroom and three-bath home was built in 1987 located on a cul-de-sac which gives them privacy and serenity. They love their neighborhood for it’s a quiet and peaceful community. They have the convenience of stepping into their picturesque backyard and onto their boat for quick excursions. They love watching the first trace of light as it begins to streak across the sky, when the sky wakes up to the morning sun on the surface of the river. They have a sweeping one-mile view across the river. Michael and Marcia get to experience the magic of the sun rising long before many people do. Oh my!

At sunset, Michael’s and Marcia’s eyes turn once again toward the river, where just before vanishing point, the sun lights the water in brilliant shades of oranges and flaming reds along with a silhouette of their very own fishing pier. Oh my!

The homeowners are an active couple who wanted to give their tired looking, dated kitchen that came with the house a fresher, more modern look. They wanted to make the small galley kitchen feel larger and more open to improve its relationship with the outside space, especially since they had this picturesque killer view! The existing kitchen layout had a wall with a small pass-through. While small pass-throughs or openings in the wall for handing dishes in and out of the kitchen, was once a popular feature, it is rarely popular now. The only way these homeowners could see the backyard killer view from the kitchen was through the dated hole-in-the-wall pass-through. What a shame! Oh my!

However Michael and Marcia knew if they could find a way to tackle this big challenge, it would bring them big rewards. The first step toward making a change was contacting me to design a new kitchen for them. I suggested that since they considered removing the pass-through and the wall with it, then they should also consider removing the dropped ceiling in the kitchen. This way it would become a flat ceiling without a break between the adjoining rooms. The homeowners agreed. But they also knew taking out a wall is never an easy thing, especially if this wall was possibly load-bearing. If it was, it could present some structural issues and would cost a small fortune. Oh my!

I recommended Mike Progl and his team from Coral Coast Construction. They were able to figure it out structurally, and took care of bearing the load in a way you don’t even notice. There would be a column or post instead of having soffits in the ceiling. The post would come down from the attic and continue down through the bottom of the massive island. Mike’s team overcame the big obstacle on this project with a creative solution. They not only came up with a solution, but it saved the homeowners a ton of money too. Oh my!

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A galley kitchen has two walls. During the design phrase I knew if we eliminated the pass-through wall, which contained much of the original kitchen’s cabinetry, it would create a storage problem. Both the homeowners like clean, uncluttered countertops, so I created storage on both ends of the island and designed unused space on a buffet wall. Prior to this renovation there was not much in this specific space except a wall hung map and a table with a couple of chairs. Now, this wall is not only a focal point, it offers additional, much needed storage, and the bonus is extra serving space. In the new kitchen we gained additional fourteen-inches of ceiling space. So we took the cabinets to the ceiling, which made the room visually taller and provided another shelf of storage. Oh my!

During the destruction phrase…the dust got everywhere…and I mean everywhere. Oh my!

Before the renovation the low ceiling shrank the room and the pass-through wall kept natural light from streaming in. The thermofoil wall cabinets made the room feel small, crowded, and dated. After the completed renovation: the new cabinets help reflect the natural light and make the room look more spacious and inviting. The new “River Blue” quartzite countertops along with the marble and glass backsplash brighten up the space to make it feel larger and the kitchen now lives in this decade! Oh my!

This is a fantastic example of what you can do with a boring ranch house. You can update it and give it a modern, more open feel. You can really transform a house by just opening up the space. Our talented installers Tyler Mowatt, Sam Zwack, Tylor Lefever, and Jeff Reed from Just Counters & Other Stuff did an outstanding job. The fine craftsmanship team with their attention to detail worked as a collective, not only transforming this kitchen and buffet wall, but also a wet bar, laundry room, and guest bathroom, too. Oh my!

Today, the homeowners couldn’t be happier. Marcia says she gets compliments on the cabinets, countertops and backsplash every time she has guests. That was our goal—to give our client a place they are excited to cook in, to share with others, and to entertain with joy. Her new massive island, where once a wall interfered now functions as a gathering space for guests. The island is made for sitting, serving, eating, drinking, chatting, and being merry. Oh my!

This kitchen is simply gorgeous! If only you could see this amazingly beautiful renovation in person, I bet you would say, “Oh my!”

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