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