Before and After Case Study White Kitchen in Basking Ridge, NJ
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.
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.
Some Products Used
- Brighton Cabinetry
- Wolf 36″ range
- SubZero refrigerator/freezer with cabinetry panels
- Refrigerator panels and pantries are stained Chocolate. Other cabinets are painted White.
- Floors are porcelain tile
- Z Line range hood
- Countertops are Sueded black granite on perimeter and Viscount White granite on island
- Oil-rubbed bronze fixtures and cabinet pulls