Amazing Kitchen Transformation in Wykoff, NJ

Before and After Case Study

Amazing Kitchen Transformation in Wykoff, NJ

The Challenge

The homeowners – a young couple who were fun to work with – wanted to completely replace the builders’ grade kitchen in their home. According to, the #1 reason homeowners choose to remodel their kitchens is “can no longer stand the old kitchen,” and this was the #1 reason for my clients also. The sink was awkwardly tucked in a corner. They wanted an island to give them more workspace and storage. They wanted their trash container in the kitchen, not in the dining room. They didn’t like the floor or the soffit or the ceiling fan. The existing kitchen was dark and cramped and did not reflect their style at all. They wanted something light, bright and modern. 

The old kitchen did not reflect the homeowners’ style.
The old kitchen had very little counter space. The cabinets were dark and dated.
Homeowners hated the white appliances
The kitchen trash can was in the dining room.

The Design Solution

The homeowners, their contractor and I decided to take down the wall between the kitchen and dining-room to open up the space. There were two sets of sliding doors to their deck, one in the kitchen and one in the dining room only six feet away. We decided that the two doors were redundant, so we took out the kitchen doors to make room for more cabinetry. 

To free up more prep and clean-up space, we moved the sink and the window and centered them on the new countertop. This wall with stove and sink is where the sliding doors to the deck were located. 

The island is “business in the front and party in the back” – drawer storage and microwave on one side and seating on the other. 

We were able to remove the soffits to give the kitchen higher wall cabinets for more storage and topped them with crown moldings. The new floor is hardwood. 

The focal point of the new kitchen is the beautiful custom furniture piece, the hutch, with its mirrored fish-tail mullion doors. 

Homeowners decided on cabinets from Brighton in classic white paint for the perimeter with recessed panel transitional doors and polished chrome hardware. The island with turned legs is finished in gray paint. The countertop is Dekton white with gray veining, and to finish it off, they installed a gray crackled backslash tile, with a basket weave pattern behind the range. 

The Wrap Up/After

The new kitchen resolved all the issues for the satisfied homeowners. They now had plenty of counterspace, which simplified cooking and clean up. They now have seating at their new island for socializing with family and friends. Now their children can sit at the counter for casual eating, do homework and crafts. And yes, they got pull-out trash storage in their beautiful new kitchen.