/ Budget & Planning

Remove a Wall to Enlarge the Kitchen

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.


Client's Goals:

  • 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


Designers' Solutions:

  • 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