Large Kitchen Remodel with a St. Louis Skyline View

Project Summary

An amazing view of the Mississippi River and the downtown St. Louis skyline was what attracted this family to the home. However, it was not their style and the view was not visible in the most important room of the house, the kitchen.

We worked with the homeowners to redesign the kitchen so that it was open to the living area and provided a visual extension of their outdoor space.

The Challenge

Like any remodeling project, this one had its fair share of obstacles. A little planning ahead of time ensured that the process was stress-free for the homeowners.

The kitchen project was invasive and spilled into other parts of the home. To be efficient with time and resources, flooring and electrical work on the first floor were scheduled to occur at the same time. As the family remained in the home during the work, several important steps were taken to make sure they could exist comfortably while the remodel occurred.

We set up a temporary kitchen on the lower level and blocked off the open stairwell with plastic walls to contain dust and debris. An air scrubber was used throughout the process to support the health and safety of the family and their pet.

The Vision

Using sustainable products and creating open sightlines were the main goals of the project. We also strived for a space that reflected the family’s sleek aesthetic and busy lifestyle.

Contemporary finishes and lighter colors were to be used throughout the space to better match the family’s tastes. It was important to this family to include sustainable choices, and we incorporated as many as possible. Several finishes carried into other rooms on the first floor to maintain a continuous flow.

The Transformation

The kitchen before the remodel was dark and generic. A dropped soffit blocked natural light from the window. The existing cabinets were outdated and lacked any specialty storage solutions. The island overhang meant guests were seated at the prime countertop space and mismatched appliances rounded out the disjointed and dated look and feel of the room.

We removed the soffits and scraped away the popcorn ceilings, replaced the cans with new LED lights and layered it with under-cabinet task lighting and textured hanging pendants. We moved the range nine inches out of the corner for more countertop space and more right-hand clearance. A new pantry cabinet with handy roll-out trays was installed next to the refrigerator. We used shallow cabinets on the back side of the island instead of an overhang for seating.

  • before

    A full-height wall separated the kitchen from the living room and blocked the amazing view from its large windows.

  • after

    The enlarged opening connects the kitchen to the living room and the new continuous flooring makes the whole space feel larger.

  • before

    The existing island was not functional. The counter to the left of the refrigerator was rarely used for anything and usually gathered mail. Pink floors, outdated cabinets, and dark wall colors did not reflect the homeowners’ taste and style.

  • after

    The new island is deeper and now has storage on both sides. The cabinet to the left of the refrigerator was replaced with a tall pantry cabinet. The barn door with frosted glass panels is shown closed but easily slides open for access. Outdated cabinets were replaced with contemporary slab-front painted cabinets that reach the ceiling. Crown molding provides more storage and makes the space feel taller and larger. The pendants over the island were updated with square grass-cloth fixtures that mimic the graining on the cork floors.

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