Taking down a wall to remodel a kitchen

Deb's kitchen BEFORE wall removed

Deb’s kitchen BEFORE wall removed

For my own small condo kitchen, I considered leaving just a pass-through opening, but still felt “isolated” when cooking or cleaning up. Many of my clients through the years feel that islands must be large, otherwise it’s not worth it. I beg to disagree! My tiny kitchen remodel had big results with a careful renovation.  My hubby was our general contractor AND lead installer, and the project was labor-intensive because the wall was load-bearing.

Yes, we had to set up a temporary kitchen in the basement for awhile, but we don’t regret the decision to “open up” our kitchen.

I kept the design of the cherry cabinetry rather furniture-like because the family room, TV and seating is close by. Minimizing the refrigerator and dishwasher with custom door panels really helped, along with installing the same hickory wood flooring continuous throughout the first floor.

Several months of detailed drawings and a careful selection process is not unusual for a project like my kitchen.

Open view of remodeled kitchen

Deb’s kitchen – AFTER wall removed, view from family room

Happy Memorial Day and enjoy the unusually warm weather. Don’t forget to remember our war veterans throughout history, who gave their lives for our country. Salute.

Hutches in the Kitchen

Remodeled Kitchen by Studio 76

A matching blue stained hutch to match a newly remodeled kitchen

Hutch cabinets are making a comeback in the kitchen world! And although it was always the “family hutch” that anchored the dining room with the kitchen, today’s hutches are designed to complement the kitchen. My husband remembers his grandma’s hutch as the place where the silver serving tray with the “good” silverware was kept. He said all the children were only allowed to “look” at all the special treasures which included the linens and lace tablecloths.

The kitchen pictured here in blue and white will always be classic and will never go out of style. Families are welcome and holiday dinners are magical in this open kitchen concept which includes, of course, the family hutch.

It’s all about the cabinets

The  “wow” factor in today’s kitchens are the cabinets. Contrary to what most people say about granite countertops updating a kitchen,  I think it’s an outdated, Band-aid approach to plan a kitchen remodel without considering new cabinets.

No budget for new cabinets? Then wait. It costs a lot to do stone, and many people will only see the old, out of style cabinets.  So save more until cabinets are affordable… then do the renovation all at the same time.

Imagine doors and drawers that don’t slam…what a concept!  Invest in quality cabinetry when renovating your kitchen.  You won’t be sorry!  Happy Mom’s day.

Gorgeous cabinets

Gorgeous cabinets

White Kitchens Are Never Trendy

White kitchen with pops of color!

White kitchen with pops of color!

White painted cabinets with glass design detail
White painted cabinets with glass design detail

White cabinets were around in my great-grandma’s kitchen, my grandma’s kitchen, and my mom’s kitchen. My point is that if you don’t want to be too trendy, a kitchen with white cabinetry and great design details will always be a safe style choice. I love the way the American South does the traditional white painted cabinets with soft color and classic accessories.

One of my favorite publications is  Southern Living magazine. Check out their hints on design and all their delectable southern recipes including 80 Tasty Kitchens.

I Brake For Induction Cooktops

Ok, I know I am showing my partiality towards induction cooking lately in my blog posts …… but you know how it is when you are used to something! I have never been a cook that needs to “see the flame” with gastop cooking (although many of my clients through the years love their gas rangetops).

So here’s the scoop on induction. The heat transfers directly to the cookware you’re using (provided the pot has magnetic qualities, which most do). The precise and instant control of the heat is pretty impressive. Here is a video on Wolf’s induction cooktop. Pretty nice!