Opening the Kitchen to the Home
Designed by D & J Kitchens and Baths, Sacramento, Calif.
Initial Budget: $40,000.
Final Cost: $40,000. The client saved $2,750 by keeping the same refrigerator and microwave ($1,800) and by doing all the painting ($950).
- Have the kitchen feel more like part of the living area of the house.
- Make more efficient use of existing kitchen, service porch and breakfast nook
- Modernize kitchen fixtures and appliances
- Move laundry area out of the kitchen
- Create more counterspace and enlarge work area
- Create a look that is unique yet does not work against adjacent areas
Removed wall dividing kitchen and dining room to create a more open feel and join the kitchen with the rest of the house
Installed a new header between the kitchen and dining room and added an arch, mimicking other arches in the house
Used space more efficiently by choosing frameless cabinets and by removing the walls that defined the service porch and nook
Relocated the water heater
Relocated the washer and dryer to the storage room, creating space for the refrigerator and microwave
Added a pantry cabinet to the laundry area
Installed a new downdraft range, eliminating the need for a hood and maintaining the openness of the new design
Chose slab doors to maintain the clean lines of the design and not compete with other colors and details
Cabinets: Custom, frameless cabinets with white melamine interiors and laminate slab doors with eased edge. Accessories: Roll-out shelves, adjustable shelves, tip-out shelf, cutlery insert, trash drawer and brushed stainless steel pulls.
Appliances: Thermador dual-fuel range with downdraft and remote blower, GE dishwasher
Countertops: Laminate countertops with a square edge and 4-inch backsplash
Sink: Kohler self-rimming sink in white, stainless strainer, disposal
Faucet: White Kohler faucet and soap dispenser
Lighting: 11 recessed lights, 3 low-volt lights over bar area, puck-type lights in soffit
An Efficient, Organized Kitchen
Initial Budget: $35,393
Final Cost: $38,691. The following client-selected changes increased the price: Adding a new front door and more trim work, and installing the floor tile on the diagonal, which required more labor.
Organize, organize, organize!
Bring in more light
Incorporate ample display space for collectibles
Create a soft, warm and welcoming kitchen
Relocated the appliances and sink to accommodate new layout
Removed existing closet and replace with new coordinating pantry cabinet
Bumped out open shelving unit to create visual interest and prominent display area
Mullioned glass doors on the flanking cabinets provided additional display space
Used an appliance garage to conceal most countertop appliances
Replaced double-hung window with an awning window
Repositioned the sink to establish a better work triangle and more efficient use of the countertop space
Replaced a fluorescent fixture with 4-inch and 6-inch recessed lights and undercabinet lighting
Cabinets: Option Kitchen stock and semi-custom frameless maple cabinets with a pearl finish. Beaded Shaker doors and glass doors. Dovetailed drawers with undermount glides. Accessories: Roll-out shelves, lazy Susan, recycle bins, tilt-out sink front, appliance garage, stacked moldings. Porcelain knobs with satin nickel back plates.
Appliances: Re-use of existing range. Client purchased Amana refrigerator, GE 18-inch dishwasher and GE Spacemaker microwave separately; cost is not included in budget.
Countertops: Corian in Maui color with full-height backsplash.
Flooring: Provenza tile in the Enigma style and Altamira color; 12-inch by 12-inch, 6-inch by 6-inch, 6-inch by12-inch cut from 12-inch by 12-inch.
Sink: Corian 871 large single-bowl sink in Bisque with stainless strainer.
Faucet: Grohe Ladylux Plus stainless steel faucet with black pull-out spray and stainless steel soap dispenser.
Lighting: 4-inch and 6-inch recessed lights; Sea Gull ambient lighting.
Making Room for Kids
Designed by Bob Strangeway, Willowood Designs, Naples, Fla.
Initial Budget: $49,000
Final Cost: $45,000. The budget only included cabinets, appliances, countertops and labor. The project came in under budget because the custom cabinets cost less than anticipated.
Transform a bilevel island into a single level to create more continuous countertop space
Create a traditional, hand-painted and glazed look
Removed soffits to increase cabinet height and therefore storage space
Enhanced traditional look with tall crown molding
Included rollouts, pullouts and deep pan drawers on either side of range for organization and storage
Relocated a combination oven/microwave to the island food preparation area
Installed a built-in range and refrigerator
Added a china cabinet for fine dishware
Featured a traditional custom hood
Created a single-level island with plenty of countertop space
Cabinets: Custom maple cabinetry on the perimeter with square, raised-panel doors with an applied molding. Painted finish with a pongee fume brown glaze. Dovetailed drawers with full-extension slides. A glazed dark cherry island with turned legs and beadboard paneling. Accessories: Pull-out trash bin, split onlays, detailed end posts and four-part crown molding with a dentil insert and crown extension.
Appliances: Integrated 48-inch Sub-Zero refrigerator, 30-inch Thermador wall oven, Thermador touch-control ceramic cooktop and GE Monogram built-in wine cooler. Kept GE Advantium combination oven/microwave.
Countertops: 3-centimeter Santa Cecelia granite
Backsplash: Tumbled marble
Lighting: Undercabinet lighting and multiple 12-volt pendant lights.
Old World Kitchen Remodel
Designed by Peg Perren, Cabinet-S-Top, Medina, Ohio
Initial Budget: $38,000
Final Cost: $39,000.
Update a 20-year-old, builder-quality kitchen
Create an Old World look
Improve efficiency of workspace to suit two cooks
Remove soffits, especially the one over the island
Replace dated tile floor with new tile in kitchen and entry
Install new and better lighting
Moved refrigerator to more convenient place next to pantry
Removed soffits to allow for cabinets of varied heights, and to open space visually over island
Created focal point from family room with large hood and backsplash
Angled base cabinet to allow easier access through narrow dining room doorway
Included an 18-inch deep microwave wall cabinet with left end extended to hide kitchen appliances from view of family room
Cabinets: Medallion Cabinetry in maple with a cashew stain and raised-panel doors. Beadboard panels on custom wooden hood and island. Accessories: Roll-out shelves, trash pull-out, appliance garage, full-extension drawer glides, lazy Susan, burnished chrome cup pulls and knobs, undercabinet lights, and crown molding with rope insert.
Appliances: Pro-style stainless steel slide-in gas range. Dishwasher with cabinet panel.
Countertops: Granite countertop on island; laminate countertop with beveled edge on the perimeter.
Backsplash: 4-inch by 4-inch stone-like ceramic tile on a diagonal with sunflower raised decos.
Flooring: 12-inch by 12-inch ceramic tile floor with 2-inch by 2-inch teal deco inserts.
Sink: American Standard apron-front farm sink.
Faucet: High-arc Delta faucet in brushed nickel with separate sprayer and filtered-water faucet.
Lighting: Recessed lights
An Inviting, Updated Kitchen
Designed by Klaudia H. Spivey, CMKBD, IIDA, Design Times Inc., Denver, Colo.
Initial Budget: $45,000 to $50,000.
Final Cost: $48,972. To stay within the budget range, the designer used the existing dishwasher and microwave and suggested refinishing rather than replacing the existing floor.
Create a more inviting kitchen that would interact well with the rest of the home
Replace appliances and cabinets
Select cabinetry with increased efficiency and storage capabilities
Make the kitchen more aesthetically pleasing
Include a desk area
Incorporate wine storage
Created a more open flow by removing part of an existing wall that separated the kitchen and dining room.
Moved the cooking appliances, allowing for more countertop and storage space by the open bar area.
Specified a refrigerator model that would not dominate the room.
Added a combination of general lighting (ceiling cans), task lighting (undercabinet lighting), and decorative lighting (three pendants over the sink).
Incorporated a wine cooler.
Cabinets: Custom frameless alder cabinets with beaded Shaker doors. Accessories: Pullout trash and recycling center, appliance garage, tray dividers, tilt-out sink tray, lazy Susan and black mirrored knobs.
Appliances: Jenn-Air refrigerator, U-Line wine cooler, Whirlpool convection oven and Jenn-Air cooktop. Existing dishwasher and microwave
Countertops: 12-inch by12-inch Ghibli granite tiles
Backsplash: 4-inch by 4-inch Rosso Verona tumbled stone field tiles and Crossville Tumbled Naturals Geo-Square border tiles
Flooring: Refinished existing floor
Sink: Elkay stainless steel sink
Faucet: Price Pfister chrome faucet
Water purifier: Water Inc.
Remove a Wall to Enlarge the Kitchen
Designed by Susan Smart, SieMatic, New York, N.Y.
- Initial Budget: $50,000.
Final Cost: $69,250 (cabinetry and cabinet installation). The cost of the kitchen increased by nearly $20,000 when the client selected a different, more expensive style of cabinetry and added a butcher-block countertop. The clients chose not to relocate the kitchen to the home office area because of the expense and difficulty of moving plumbing, electrical and gas lines.
Open up the small kitchen, which was adjacent to a large, dark, unused living room
Possibly move the kitchen to the space used as a home office, which featured cathedral ceilings
Keep the space full of light
Create a kitchen with room to cook and entertain friends
Developed a floor plan that expanded the kitchen's footprint without completely relocating it
Took down a wall between the kitchen and living room
Opened a doorway between the living room and home office
Built a banquette with a farm table for meals in the former kitchen
Moved the cooking, cleanup and prep areas of the kitchen into the former living room
Turned the former office into a formal dining room
Installed a seating area by the windows for reading the paper in the morning.
Designed an island to create a division between cooking and living areas.
Cabinets: Cherry cabinets (on the island) and white painted cabinets (on the perimeter) from the SieMatic Hudson Valley Collection
Appliances: Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf range and hood
Countertops: SieMatic butcher block and honed black granite
Two-Cook Kitchen with Yellow Cabinets
Designed by Jennifer Turtle, The Kitchen Guild, Fairfax, Va.
Initial Budget: $40,000
Final Cost: $47,000. Ultimately the clients chose to remove a wall and open the kitchen to the rest of the house, adding $7,000 to the price of their kitchen remodel.
Lighten up the dark, U-shaped kitchen
Create more functional storage space, especially in the corners
Create more countertop space
Allow two cooks to work in the kitchen at the same time
Have yellow cabinets
Removed one wall to open the kitchen up to the rest of the house, allowing for a more spacious floor plan
Added a post for structural support, which helped define the kitchen area
Raised the kitchen ceiling to open the space to the adjoining family room and its sloped ceiling
Added taller wall cabinets for more storage space
Added corner cabinets with an open shelf for easier access
Cabinets: Dutch Mills custom framed maple cabinets with Shaker-style doors and a painted, glazed finish. Accessories: Pull-out can racks, pull-out pantry cabinets, roll-out shelves, cove molding and oil-rubbed bronze pulls and knobs.
Appliances: Dacor cooktop, oven and warming drawer; Fisher & Paykel dishwasher drawer; Jenn-Air cabinet-depth refrigerator; Sharp convection microwave oven and Miele ventilation hood.
Countertops: Giallo Veneziano granite with an eased edge and matching backsplash
Flooring: Teak floors
Sink: Blanco stainless steel undermount double-bowl sink
Lighting: six recessed lights and track lighting over sink
Small Changes with a Big Impact
Add Crown Molding
To create a strong, sophisticated look, add crown molding to your kitchen's ceiling. This molding will draw the eye upward, adding height to the room, while also adding elegance and creating the illusion that the room is older than it is.The style and size of crown molding you select can match your existing style while adding a finished look.
Goals and Costs of Your Remodel
Before looking at line items, determine how much to spend overall.
Your goals for the project will help determine your budget. You'll want to spend less, for example, if you're just refreshing your kitchen before selling your home. But if you want a dream kitchen in a house where you plan to live for a while, you'll want to invest more.
Many experts suggest that your kitchen should represent 10 to 20 percent of the fair-market value of your home. So if your home would sell for about $300,000, then spend between $30,000 and $60,000 on your kitchen improvements.
If you spend less than 10 percent, the kitchen may not meet potential buyers' expectations. If you spend more than 20 percent, you're less likely to make your money back at resale.