Your kitchen is the place scrumptious meals are created, and nice household time is spent. Gina Matsoukas of Running to the Kitchen remodeled her kitchen to a extra vibrant and energetic area with assist from The Home Depot. Check out her complete reworking course of and the brand new equipment used to modernize her kitchen.
After residing in our home for 10 years with a profession change midway via that requires me to be within the kitchen all day lengthy, we lastly bit the bullet and determined to renovate. The darkish cherry cupboards that closed the area in from the rooms on both aspect of the kitchen needed to go. To get the open really feel and extra mild that was primary on my precedence record, a significant structural wall needed to come down. It was a significant endeavor (and if I by no means see one other microwave meal once more, will probably be too quickly), however many months later the area is strictly as I envisioned it: vibrant, mild and ethereal. It’s the proper steadiness between perform and aesthetic.
The kitchen is situated within the middle of the home. The solely window above the sink faces east. The darkish cherry cupboards and the wall separating it from the southern publicity of the formal eating room (to the appropriate on this image) was a really darkish area. On a wet day, it will nearly be pitch black within the kitchen in mid-afternoon!
The “must-have” record was an extended one. I figured if we had been going to do that renovation and spend all this cash, it was going to be precisely what I wished. But ultimately, there have been actually simply 4 issues that carried essentially the most significance:
- Remove wall separating the eating room
- Upgrade to 36” twin gas range with vent hood
- White cupboards
- Fewer higher cupboards
Remove Wall Separating Dining Room
The elimination of that wall was no simple feat. It was a significant structural element of the home. It additionally concerned not solely assist beams the place it initially stood (hidden in a shiplap clad soffit), but in addition one other assist beam and structural pole within the basement beneath to correctly distribute the load. That half required reducing via our concrete slab basis, leading to fairly a multitude!
Almost half of the renovation time was devoted to this vital job. While the demo solely took in the future, the progress appeared at a standstill for weeks as all of the “boring” structural work happened.
The minute it was eliminated, with the beams in place and the non permanent partitions down, I knew it was price each penny. The in depth southern mild from the eating room now flooded into the kitchen area.
Upgrade to 36” Dual Fuel Range With Vent Hood
As a meals blogger, recipe developer and freelance meals photographer, I’m within the kitchen all day. Knowledgeable-grade vary with a gasoline range and electrical oven was tremendous vital to me. Having by no means cooked with gasoline in my complete life, I’m lastly ready to take action with this renovation.
The outdated kitchen had a 30” vary with the microwave above as most traditional kitchens do. I knew I wished a vent hood above the brand new range. This posed a brand new query within the renovation and one I didn’t understand would flip into such a big element within the mission. Where does the microwave go?
A Drawer Microwave
Drawer microwaves had been a brand new idea to me. I had assumed within the preliminary planning of the renovation that we’d both simply do a countertop microwave or “build-in” a small microwave into the underside cupboards someway. I had by no means actually heard of drawer microwaves.
After a whole lot of analysis and backwards and forwards on whether or not the funding was price it for such a small equipment, we selected a stainless steel microwave drawer. There are just a few aggressive fashions in the marketplace. But I cherished the modern, unbranded look of this one and the Easy Wave function for opening.
The management panel opens on a slant to make the buttons simple to learn, and it may be pushed again flat with the unit when not in use for a pleasant, clear minimal look.
I had worries that the automated open and shut would annoy me, or that the 1.2 cu toes inside area is perhaps too small. However, after utilizing it for months now, neither have been an issue in any respect. In reality, the microwave has surprisingly was certainly one of my favourite issues concerning the renovation.
It blends so properly with the finished area. It has knowledgeable high quality look whereas being out of the way in which and kind of forgotten about. Guests have even seen the brand new area and requested the place the microwave was!
The newly discovered mild from the eating room was thrilling by itself, however the resolution to go with white cabinetry actually brightened the area much more.
We selected a full overlay high quality cupboard model working with a neighborhood enterprise that patiently walked me via all of the design iterations to actually assist visualize the ultimate area.
Besides the brightening impact, I like how the white cabinetry matches all of the trim work and accents in the home. Its distinction with the darkish wooden flooring additionally makes me so blissful we selected the simplicity of white.
Fewer Upper Cabinets
By default, eradicating the wall to the eating room compelled the ultimate design to have fewer higher cupboards. I additionally knew I wished to include some pure components with wooden shelving as a substitute of simply cabinetry alone.
Sourcing the reclaimed floating wooden cabinets from a neighborhood wooden restoration enterprise was such a enjoyable expertise. Everything was customized minimize for the area. I completely love how they open up the world across the kitchen window. Knowing the outdated constructing the place they got here from and that they’re distinctive to solely our area can be one thing particular.
We selected to not change/enlarge the kitchen window within the renovation. Utilizing shelving as a substitute of cupboards on both aspect of it made a big impact on how huge the window feels.
We additionally selected a glass entrance for one of many cupboards on the left aspect of the kitchen the place there are extra uppers. This is to assist break up the move and preserve the ethereal really feel.
The different half I like about selecting to not have cabinetry flank the window is how way more you’re in a position to see of the backsplash tile with the floating cabinets.
I by no means thought selecting the backsplash tile could be such a tough resolution, however it was truthfully the one factor I struggled with essentially the most in your complete renovation. Deciding on one thing that was “fun” however not “too fun” in that it might probably look dated in a matter of years was exhausting!
Eventually, I settled on a concave hexagonal white shiny tile that I completely adore. The means the sunshine bounces off the concave third-dimensional side to it’s the good quantity of “fun” I used to be searching for whereas nonetheless being a timeless form and coloration.
Our New Open Kitchen
The renovation was exhausting in some ways. Including the half the place the wooden flooring in your complete first degree of the home needed to be refinished twice, which was a week-long course of every time. The final result, nevertheless, has been past price it.
Working with The Home Depot within the course of to buy the microwave was a welcome reprieve within the loopy decision-making strategy of the 4-month mission. I used to be ready to enter my native retailer and get all my questions answered concerning the drawer microwave. I order on-line and have it delivered straight to my home. Its performance has match completely into the kitchen’s design and move of the brand new area.
The kitchen is an area I work in all day lengthy. It’s now actually someplace I like spending time in.