/ Budget & Planning

Two-Cook Kitchen with Yellow Cabinets

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.


Clients' Goals:

  • 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

Designer's Solutions:

  • 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

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

Disposal: Insinkerator

Lighting: six recessed lights and track lighting over sink