A huge priority for these Palatine clients was to create a functional kitchen that is easy to clean, making quartz countertops the obvious choice. The homeowners wanted no clutter on the counters which meant creating ample storage space for any countertop appliance. Even the microwave is hidden by a custom cabinet door. Originally, the design included having a table in the kitchen, but to maximize the space and maintain the openness, our designer decided to add a peninsula conjoined with the rest of the countertops instead. This approach gave the family an eat-in kitchen without interrupting the flow, giving the house-chef plenty of space to cook.
Before: A cramped kitchen with limited counter space didn’t meet the needs of our clients busy cooking schedule. The floors were already a gorgeous hardwood, but you would never notice due to the ancient appliances and cabinets distracting from their beauty. While the space had the classic white-on-white look, its dated execution made it feel drab and tired.
After: We extended the hardwood floors with new 2 ¼” red oak flooring throughout the conjoining living room to create an open concept feel, despite the layout’s limitations. After readjusting the size and location of the window, bumping out the cabinets, and expanding the amount of counter space, the space has an open, airy feel, with plenty of storage to address the desire for tidiness.
Before: Dated white cabinets filled the cooking space. They were confined to a small area and, as a result, offered little storage space. All appliances, including those on the counters, were visible causing the clients to feel like their kitchen was always cluttered, and the interior cabinet storage was inefficient at best.
After: The new, sturdier cabinets remain white with gold finished hardware, but offer new and additional storage. With cleanliness as a priority, the homeowner chose Cambria quartz for the material because of its antibacterial properties and low maintenance. A peninsula was substituted for a kitchen table to maintain the open feel of the kitchen while increasing counterspace, and double ovens were added to increase the cooking capacity for this oft-hosting household.