Beam me up! - Tacoma, WA Kitchen Remodel
Open Concept Kitchen
This kitchen was an amazing transformation from a small horseshoe kitchen to an large open concept kitchen with a stunning island cabinetry as a centerpiece. After meeting with Carmen and Aaron and discussing their needs and goals, Robert designed a clean and classic transitional kitchen with white shaker style cabinets and new black quartz countertops.
During the initial design consultation Aaron mentioned that he loved to cook and entertain, but often felt left out due to the small hidden kitchen. Robert's solution to this problem was to knock out the wall between the kitchen and the living room, and creating a large island not only to house the range, but also become the focal point of the kitchen. This way Aaron could cook while still taking part in the festivities with the added benefit of a much larger prep area. Because function is one of Robert's main priorities when designing any kitchen,
Custom Island Cabinets
Robert included a variety of storage solutions in the island. A pullout spice rack was built in right next to the stove to keep all the spices within arms reach while cooking. A tray divider cabinet for cookie sheets and baking trays was installed on the opposite side, directly next to the stove for easy access to cutting boards, baking sheets, and muffin pans. In addition, a large cabinet with two heavy duty, soft closing roll out shelves to store pots and pans, all on the island where they will be needed the most.
One of the only things that Carmen liked from her old kitchen was an electrical outlet hidden inside the pantry which allowed her to store and use her toaster without wasting precious counter space. Robert made sure to include this feature in her new pantry cabinet that had four adjustable heavy duty roll out shelves. These white shaker custom kitchen cabinets were topped with matching crown molding. The black quartz countertops provide maintenance free beauty.
Maintenance Free Quartz Countertops
Because of the large amount of entertaining that Carmen and Aaron were planning on doing, quartz was the clear winner for their kitchen counter tops. The high strength combined with the stain and scratch resistance made the decision almost a nobrainer. With the help of our design team, Carmen chose Pental Java Noir, a beautiful black slab with subtle brown marbling that matched her new hardwood floors perfectly.
A load bearing wall was removed to create the open concept kitchen. The original plan was to cover the beam that was replacing the wall with drywall and paint it to match the rest of the ceiling. After installation Robert suggested sanding and staining it instead. Carmen was a little leery, so Robert said that he would do it and if she didn't like it he would eat the cost and drywall over it as planned. After a few hours of sanding and lacquering, the beam became a beautiful accent piece and the a favorite of all the contractors that worked on the project.
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