The layout of the kitchen itself didn't change much at all. This was mostly because of the shape of the room and the placement of the doorways and the window. We were limited in that way because there was a finite space that everything had to fit in, and it had to be designed in such a way that it made sense.
Because of the way the doors and various accesses are – to the garage, the basement, and so on – the kitchen had to stay at one end. We did move the range over to this wall, however, and that gave them room for a dishwasher, which was a nice feature for them, and something they didn’t have before.
The cabinets are a natural cherry with a cappuccino stain. We stained the floor in a contrasting color and extended it into the living room where they had removed the carpet.
We took the cabinets to the ceiling and put in cam lights because before, it was quite dark. Initially, there was no light fixture at all over the kitchen work areas other than this harsh, annoying fluorescent light fixture over the sink that shone right in your face.
The kitchen was very poorly designed. We did have to get a little crafty with storage because of how close the range was to the window. We had to end it because the window starts right there. The real challenge was to get the range far enough away from the corner so that we could actually have some storage there.
We put in some nice little pantry pullout cabinets, spice pullouts, and so on – basically, all kinds of tucked-in spaces to put their stuff away and out of sight. We put in a pullout for the trash can, and some pullout shelving to create more useful space in the corner cabinet.
So that the range wouldn’t be so close to the corner, we put these skinny cabinets in, which allowed us to push it as close as possible to the window without it feeling like it was too close. As a result, it has a nice separation, all because of these little three-inch cabinets, which are very useful for a lot of things.
We installed under-cabinet lighting for task-related work – very subtle, LED light strips – but they create a soft, elegant glow that not only looks great but is also quite practical.
We extended the backsplash throughout the kitchen and joined the space at the top of the cabinets with crown molding.