Complete Kitchen renovation for an active Atlanta family

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After the CKD Remodeling renovation and redesign: Painted cabinetry, classic subway tile backsplash, and a Viking cook top and hood where the old pass through once was.

This Atlanta family came to us with several requests for their kitchen remodel:

  • Close the pass through from the kitchen to the living areas. The pass through was not being used and the noise that flowed from each room contributing to a less than happy climate for the family.

  • Improve the quality of the cabinetry. The existing cabinets were builder grade and falling apart. The storage was not as ample as needed, and the kitchen felt dark in spite of the lighting installed.

  • Improve the traffic flow. The refrigerator, cook top, and microwave were all located in one compact section of the kitchen. With three active children and two cooks, this layout created congestion in key areas.

  • Create a beverage and bar area for entertaining. The current layout had one refrigerator and when the kids arrived home or when guests were at the house, there was just one spot to keep beverages. The location created congestion when the frig doors were open, and this was a sticking point for the homeowners.

Before….Vintage 1980’s cabinets, dark granite countertops, and a pass through to the family room.

Before….Vintage 1980’s cabinets, dark granite countertops, and a pass through to the family room.

Before: The breakfast bar was smaller, the sink was located under the pass through, and the cook top was sandwiched in next to the oven.

Before: The breakfast bar was smaller, the sink was located under the pass through, and the cook top was sandwiched in next to the oven.

So given the current conditions and the homeowners list, we went to work at the drawing table. We use 20/20 software that is specifically for kitchen and bath design. This valuable tool creates renderings like this one to show what the completed kitchen will look like. Compare this to the following photos of the finished kitchen. What do you think?

The new kitchen layout, which stayed within the existing footprint but utilized the space more efficiently.

The new kitchen layout, which stayed within the existing footprint but utilized the space more efficiently.

Our process for kitchen renovation always includes a design phase. We work with the homeowner’s desires, the existing space, and our in depth knowledge of kitchen design and home construction to create a custom plan. The drawingsprovide all of us the vision of the end result, the ability to compile a realistic budget, and communication tools for our team. These drawings are our road map to completion!

After: The enlarged breakfast bar now includes the sink and more room for seating.

After: The enlarged breakfast bar now includes the sink and more room for seating.

The kitchen sink was moved to the breakfast bar. A big benefit of this location is the open view to the dining room and especially to the backyard. When standing at the sink now, rather than looking into the family room, you can see the garden and the outside. Much more appealing! And when the dining at the bar is through, the dishes are right at the sink and dishwasher.

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The pass through is no more and is replaced by the cook top and a focal point of a modern hood. This hood serves for looks as well as better ventilation, as it is vented to the outside. The microwave no longer takes valuable counter space as it is a sleek, efficient drawer below the countertop.

Prior to the renovation, when the refrigerator doors were open in the old location, the walkway from the front rooms through the kitchen were blocked. This caused a bottleneck of traffic. The oven and the refrigerator were switched in the renovation. Now when the frig is open, which is frequently in a kitchen of an active family, the walkway is not blocked. The new placement of the major appliances is more generous and allows more room for multiple cooks in the kitchen.

The materials we chose include classic colors of gray, white, and charcoal which will keep this kitchen appearance current for years to come. The countertops are Silver Wave granite. The homeowners loved this stone that we found on our trip to the slab yard. We built the rest of the kitchen colors around this beautiful material.

After: New beverage bar with art glass in the upper cabinet doors. The ovens were relocated to this side of the kitchen to improve the traffic flow. The drawer on the left cabinet serves as a hidden charging station for electronics. Tablets and phones are stowed there, out of sight, and where Mom can monitor their use.

After: New beverage bar with art glass in the upper cabinet doors. The ovens were relocated to this side of the kitchen to improve the traffic flow. The drawer on the left cabinet serves as a hidden charging station for electronics. Tablets and phones are stowed there, out of sight, and where Mom can monitor their use.

So these avid cooks and homeowners happily let go of their 1980’s kitchen and are now enjoying the vast improvements. Steve and I enjoyed working with them from start to finish. We hope that they, like our other clients, enjoy this kitchen for many years to come.

Marietta Kitchen Update

This vintage 1980's kitchen had seen better days, and our customer came to us for help in updating the look and the function.  Using updated colors and finishes, and improving the lighting, we achieved her goals while staying in budget.

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The before photos say it all; the original cabinets had been painted to prolong their life and the white appliances were past their prime.

Before: original cabinets, vinyl flooring, white appliances

Before: original cabinets, vinyl flooring, white appliances

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Before: the typical desk installed in just about every 1980's house, and the pantry closet

Before: the typical desk installed in just about every 1980's house, and the pantry closet

We started our planning with discussing what our customer's objectives were:

  • Better space for entertaining
  • More storage and display for her china and collectables
  • Better quality cabinetry
  • More lighting; the kitchen was dark
  • Extend the hardwood flooring throughout the kitchen for visual flow
  • Stay within the existing footprint of the kitchen

Then we went to the drawing board and created a layout and plan for the kitchen.

The desk and pantry closet were removed to create a Butler's Pantry. Each cabinet component was inserted to create a visual image of the new kitchen.

The desk and pantry closet were removed to create a Butler's Pantry. Each cabinet component was inserted to create a visual image of the new kitchen.

We create 3D renderings to illustrate the design and match our customer's vision to our plans.

We create 3D renderings to illustrate the design and match our customer's vision to our plans.

After our layout planning, we created the finishes plan incorporating the cabinets, appliances, countertops, backsplash, and paint colors to pull the entire project together.

A final budget plan was compiled and approved, and materials ordered.

Then...with all those decisions made....we started the demo and installation of the new kitchen.

And here are the results:

New appliances and willow gray cabinetry create a clean feel to the heart of the kitchen. The hardwood floor from the adjoining family room was extended into the kitchen.

New appliances and willow gray cabinetry create a clean feel to the heart of the kitchen. The hardwood floor from the adjoining family room was extended into the kitchen.

This beautiful butler pantry replaced the desk and pantry closets, and is perfect for storage, display, and for serving guests when entertaining. 

This beautiful butler pantry replaced the desk and pantry closets, and is perfect for storage, display, and for serving guests when entertaining. 

Butler Pantry doors are filled with seeded glass, and the Fantasy Brown countertops were the color inspiration for the kitchen.

Butler Pantry doors are filled with seeded glass, and the Fantasy Brown countertops were the color inspiration for the kitchen.

The Fantasy Brown countertops were the "wow" moment for us in the finishes design process. All the colors for the kitchen, including the marble and glass backsplash, were chosen to complement this amazing stone.

The Fantasy Brown countertops were the "wow" moment for us in the finishes design process. All the colors for the kitchen, including the marble and glass backsplash, were chosen to complement this amazing stone.

This single bowl stainless sink is a popular addition to many of our projects.  The finishing touch is a custom window treatment.

This single bowl stainless sink is a popular addition to many of our projects.  The finishing touch is a custom window treatment.

The planning process, both the layout, and the finishes selection, paid off with a smooth renovation.  We completed this project on time, and within budget because of the time spent planning, selecting, and scheduling.

It was our pleasure, as it is with all our customers, to transform this kitchen and create a new space that will give her years of enjoyment.

 

Sarah Abbott

 

 

Which kitchen finish would you choose?

Recently I was working with a customer who was concerned that if she selected white cabinets that her choices for expressing her style would be limited.  After all, white is so traditional, right?

Well, take a look at this idea board. Here are just two different possibilities for a white kitchen with very different vibes.

When we are designing a kitchen we guide our customers through every detail, from the cabinet door style down to the lighting and hardware.  Many times renovations are overwhelming when facing the number of decisions to be made. Each decision influences the rest of the project, and the details are where the personality of the homeowners emerge.

We are here to help! We will create idea boards for inspiration using the vast sources we have developed over the years.  We listen to our customers dreams and desires and create design packages that reflect their taste, and often with ideas that are out of their usual repertoire. We attend the industry shows and events to stay on top of the most current trends and to build our resources.  Customers who trust and give us margin to be creative on their behalf are often delighted with the results!

Which of these two kitchen lighting and hardware concepts would you chose?

 

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Sarah Abbott, CKD Remodeling