Before and After Case Study White Kitchen in Basking Ridge, NJ


Before and After Case Study White Kitchen in Basking Ridge, NJ

The Challenge

The homeowners – a busy professional couple with two young children – moved into a home built during the 1970s. The kitchen had been remodeled previously but was out of style and did not provide enough storage for the wife’s cooking paraphernalia. As an enthusiastic cook she wanted to upgrade the dated appliances and increase storage space. Both husband and wife hated the kitchen floor, a type of tile with brown grout that was impossible to clean and keep clean. The former owner used the kitchen as her office and as a tv room, which the couple didn’t want to keep, as well as the fireplace they didn’t want. 

Essentially, they wanted a totally new look, but the basic layout and existing footprint could remain. New windows were on the must-have list, and they wanted to open up the kitchen to the dining room. They wanted more counterspace for casual meals and family activities. And they wanted space designated as a bar with a small sink, wine fridge and storage for barware and bottles of liquor. 

Before Photos

The one pantry was only 21” deep with fixed shelves – anything in the back was inaccessible and got lost.
Homeowners did not want tv in their kitchen – This was the shelf for the previous owner’s tv
Homeowners did not want the kitchen used as an office
The dining room was separated from the kitchen by a narrow doorway. The remodel project would widen this doorway to make the kitchen and dining room one space.
Fireplace had to go
This floor was the first thing the couple wanted removed. It was impossible to clean and they thought it was ugly.
These cabinets would be removed but not be replaced – the wall behind would be removed to open the kitchen to the dining room.
Original fridge was too small
The hood configuration was strange looking and inefficient
The homeowners wanted these jalousie-style windows replaced.
Cabinet mounted microwave was old and unsafe
The cooking enthusiast wife wanted space specifically for spice storage
The only silverware drawer was too small

The Design Solution

The homeowners were busy, and it was difficult to get both of them together at the same time to make decisions. They were not design savvy and could not imagine or picture in their minds how things would look. They had a difficult time choosing colors and materials. The husband was extremely cost conscious and questioned every item. Often we had to wait while he investigated other options looking for a better price. Having enough space was not an issue, and there were no construction problems. We used the existing footprint.

We were able to satisfy all items on the homeowners’ wish list. Because the existing kitchen was large, there were no fitting issues. They ended getting about 40 cabinets in a beautiful new kitchen.

The Wrap Up/After

The new kitchen resolved many problems for the happy homeowners. They now had the space to store everything, which simplified cooking – everything had a place so no more digging through cramped cabinets searching for needed items. They are a very social family, and now they could have their friends over more often. They socialize with families who have children of similar ages as their children – this new kitchen gave them the space they needed. Now the children could sit at the counter to eat breakfast and do homework and crafts.

This wall of cabinets replaced the fireplace
Two new pantries are 24” deep with roll-out shelves
New apron front sink. Meile dishwasher on the left with cabinetry panels
The island now has a built-in microwave drawer and deep drawer storage for pans. New porcelain tile floor shown in this photo.
The peninsula provides seating for casual eating and children’s activities. The new opening to the dining room can be seen in the background.
Professional grade Wolf range and stainless steel exhaust hood. Hood’s chimney was not installed when this photo was taken
Silverware drawer now holds everything
Two appliance garages keep infrequently used appliances out of sight. This one holds the KitchenAid stand mixer
A Hafele LeMans corner swing out makes corner cabinet storage possible

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