Remodeling a Kitchen in Historic Creve Coeur, MO Home

Past to Present: Remodeling a Grandparents' Kitchen in a Historic Creve Coeur, MO home for a Growing Family

Project Summary

Location: Creve Coeur, MO

The clients inherited the husband’s grandparents’ historic home, which the grandfather had built with his own two hands. From the start we knew this was more than just a “house” to this family. They even had photos of their grandfather building the home in the early 60’s. The small, cramped kitchen and dining room was remodeled to be opened up and accommodate a growing family – the couple’s second child, a baby boy, arrived two weeks before we finished the project!

The Challenge

The homeowners were on a limited budget. We needed the majority of materials for the kitchen remodel, so keeping a close eye on the costs was the biggest challenge.

The historic home was extremely dated and needed a lot of renovation work to bring it up to date. Because no other work on the home had been done, our designers were tasked with coming up with a look that would eventually be carried throughout the house.

The Vision

The owners did not yet live in this Creve Couer, MO house. They inherited it from grandparents who had not done much for a number of years in the way of decorating. The young couple hired us to get rid of the claustrophobic feel of the crowded kitchen and dining room and remodel the space to have an updated look.

The Transformation

The original kitchen had five doorways and one large window. We began the kitchen remodel by removing two walls, which allowed natural light to flow from room to room. Doing so required recessing a beam into the attic before demolishing the wall between the two rooms; the second wall did not require structural changes. Once the walls were removed, the decision was then made to “flip” the rooms, as it was impossible to create a workable floorplan any other way in this historic Creve Coeur, MO home.

What was once the kitchen was remodeled to become the dining area. And the remaining walls in what was originally the dining room allowed us to create a smoother traffic pattern and gave us the area we needed for appliances and cabinetry. The user-friendly kitchen layout fits perfectly in the original dining room and flows nicely into the new one, as well as into the front playroom/living room. A less formal dining area translates to a more family-oriented open space, perfect for keeping an eye on young children while cooking.

The New Space

The new open floorplan works much better for the young parents, who love entertaining. The kitchen utilizes new variations of products we have used for other remodels. The white glass subway tile is accented with two thin tile strips that give it nice texture. The colors for the tile strips were drawn from the newly designed Cambria counters. To add interest to the small island, we used LED strip lighting under the overhang. We also brought some tech touches in this kitchen remodel, adding outlets that include two USB ports along with the standard plugs.

Additional Touches

There were a couple small changes made to the remodeled area. The original stairs to the basement were in the large garage. The homeowners asked us to create a pathway that felt more like a part of the house. Because the garage was deeper than most in this historic Creve Coeur home, we were able to build a wall and create a spacious hallway to the basement stairs. We used the same vinyl plank floor in the new area, which nicely ties all the rooms together.

A full glass-walled and roof sunroom off the kitchen did not have a door and, in the winter, became an energy vampire, sucking the heat right out of the house. For energy efficiency, we installed a new wood door.

The New Space

The homeowners wanted the kitchen to be remodeled to reflect today’s newer style. We delivered an updated look to this historic home with stained maple cabinets, a gray painted island, Cambria countertops, and a very modern glass subway backsplash with trapezoid accent. The focal point of the room is the pair of oversized, gold ombré pendants over the island. They were also the inspiration for the gold cabinet hardware and warm gray tones that carry throughout the entire historic home.

The new open floorplan works much better for the young parents who love entertaining. The kitchen utilizes new variations of products we have used for other remodels. The white glass subway tile is accented with two thin tile strips that give it nice texture. The colors for the tile strips were drawn from the newly designed Cambria counters. To add interest to the small island, we used LED strip lighting under the overhang. We also brought some tech touches in, adding outlets that include two USB ports along with the standard plugs.

From the Owner

As a company, we thoroughly enjoyed this project because, not only were the clients wonderful people to work with and get to know, but because the home had so much history and meaning to the family. Being a part of transforming this historic home for the next generation was extremely rewarding for the whole team.

Josh McDermott

Owner

Client Testimonial

My wife and I were pleased with the level of professionalism from start to finish. The design crew did an excellent job and exceeded my expectations with their plans and ideas. I could not have been happier with my lead contractor on this project. His attention to detail was impressive and workmanship was clearly that of a someone that knew what they were doing. I work in residential real estate and now feel comfortable referring them to clients after seeing the work they do. I also plan on using the J.T. McDermott team again for my future projects. What a great experience!!

Jeremy and Sarah S.

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