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Open Wide 

With their main focus on functionality, our clients approached the team wanting an open-concept layout with an island and room for new appliances. They weren’t as concerned with design, so long as it looked was updated, clean, and simple. Our designer, Teri,  was able to create an innovative blueprint with everything on their wishlist, while also giving the room character and beauty. The biggest fix was to tear down the wall separating the kitchen from the dining room and living room.The impact was huge. A small island was added without overwhelming the room. Storage was increased, and appliances were updated. With a tasteful color palette, the overall space felt bigger and like it belonged in this century.

“OHi sent me a postcard and I attended a kitchen remodel seminar at their showroom in Elk Grove Village. I had attended several other companies seminars in the past but felt right at home at OHi. I contracted with them to remodel my kitchen and install engineered hardwood floors throughout my entire house, and I could not have been more pleased. I was so pleased with their work, I hired them again to remodel my bathroom. You cannot go wrong with this company. I highly recommend them.”


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The Layout

Before: The closed off space offered little comfort and was hardly functional due to the outdated appliances. The counterspace was limited and the room felt dark and dated.  

After: The wall dividing the kitchen from the dining room and living room is removed, creating an open layout, which gives the kitchen more room for wishlist items such as an island and new appliances. The facelift, while simple, transforms the space so that it is unrecognizable. 

The Island

Before: No island was able to fit in this kitchen, due to an obvious lack of space. Instead a wood table is crowded in one corner. The lack of counter space was challenging for the expert baker in the house who loves to spread out while in the kitchen.

After: With the wall removed, a 10 foot by 4 foot island was installed and is now the focal point of the room. The homeowners chose quartzite after falling in love with the look, feeling it would help elevate the space and add a special touch of elegance. The island allows for ample seating, and added storage solutions. 

The Appliances

Before: The appliances hadn’t been updated since the seventies and were a tacky yellow. They also didn’t serve the need of our clients who baked extensively and wished for a double oven. The stove had no ventilation due to the microwave being placed above it, causing issues whenever the homeowners cooked.

After: Brand new appliance gleam with a stainless-steel finish. A double oven is installed, ready to be the most used feature in the kitchen. The sink is moved to the island to allow for a more centralized meal-prep space. A hood is added above the oven to allow for proper ventilation. 

Products Used

Island Cabinetry: Kemper maple in moonstone

Perimeter Cabinetry: Sorrento Maple cabinets in slate finish

Surface: Swanbridge quartz

Cabinet Hardware : Honey Bronze top knobs

Backsplash: Fiandre glace tile glossy

Floors: From the Forest maple floors in toffee finish

Chandelier Lighting: CAI Sesigns, four light chandelier in aged brass finish

Pendant Lighting: 2 light pandants, CAI designs in aged brass

Sink: Kohler

Faucet: Moen

Refrigerator: Bosch

Hood: Vent-a-hood

Range (Stove, if 30” or under): Bosch

Oven: Bosch

Microwave: Bosch

Dishwasher: Bosch

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