Before & After photos

The anticipation of a completed kitchen remodel in time for the holidays was high on the list for one Ohio couple this year. When visiting their home to take these photos, two things they said stood out.

AFTER the remodel

Basically, they complemented their kitchen designer, Sarah Simpson at Studio 76 Kitchens and Baths for her creativity AND patience in helping them through the planning process, and sticking with them through the installation. This is the most time-consuming part of any kitchen remodel project, but a good kitchen designer can really save a homeowner lots of “headaches”!!

BEFORE the remodel

The second topic we talked about was the quality of workmanship. No matter how gorgeous the new cabinetry, granite or floors, the tradesmen are in your home and leave the last impression.

Here are a few things that happened for this marvelous makeover:

  • A re-design of the floorplan that eliminated a peninsula to make room for a two-level island. This kitchen is open to the family room and Sarah included places to sit and gather around her island design. The two levels made it convenient to “hide” the kitchen sink from the adjoining open room and also the cooking area.
  • A major change in the products and materials , including warmly stained cabinets and natural granite counters. Hickory pre-finished hardwood flooring ties in the look of a traditional kitchen. The line of cabinetry is from Custom Cupboards, made in Wichita, Kansas.( The stone was purchased from Mont Granite ( and fabricated by Bradley Stone Industries.(
  • New appliances were minimized in this design and included a refrigerator with custom cabinet door panels, an over-the-range vented microwave and gas range in updated stainless steel. The dishwasher also includes a cabinet panel for a continuous look.

I will write a separate blog on the storage improvements in this kitchen re-do.

I wish I was going to Thanksgiving dinner at this house and kitchen this year… don’t tell my family!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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