Open Floor Plan Kitchen Remodel
Top Priorities for Kitchen Remodel
Homeowners in Stockdale, PA requested a kitchen remodel from Rivers Edge Cabinetry. They wanted to open up the first floor of their home to create an open floor plan. They gave up an unused bedroom to enlarge the kitchen area.
The existing kitchen was small and U-shaped and had no built-in island. The homeowners didn’t like the cabinet finish. Plus, the appliances were outdated. The bedroom in photo (right) was demolished to enlarge the kitchen.
What they wanted:
- Open floor plan, i.e., open up kitchen to existing living area
- New cabinets with soft close doors and drawers that reflect homeowners’ taste and style preferences
- Create a ceiling with exposed beams to create a focal point for the renovated space
- Upgraded, larger, modern appliances with custom hood
- Additional storage
- Built-ins for coffee maker and toaster, lift-up for mixer, silverware and utensil drawer storage, tray and baking sheet storage, concealed trash, corner storage solutions, drawer storage for cookware, spice storage, pull-outs for oils by the range
- Upgraded countertop material / more countertop space
- Updated sink / reverse osmosis faucet
- Wet bar with undercounter refrigerator
- New doors to outside
- Improved lighting throughout / LED / decorative / task / display lighting
- New floors
- Glass front cabinets for display
- New backsplash
- Upgraded HVAC
The Challenges During the Kitchen Remodel
Designer/contractor/owner Brandon Vadella at River’s Edge Cabinetry explained they had to adopt a “build as we go” attitude because there was no way they could foresee issues.
Photos below show (1) old kitchen is gone, (2) the wall between kitchen and former bedroom is coming down, and (3) work on the new kitchen is underway.
This kitchen remodel project was especially challenging because there is no basement in the house. It sits on a concrete slab, so to access the pipes, they had to do floor cuts.
New beams and planks were added during the kitchen remodel project to create the ceiling look the homeowners wanted.
What the Homeowners Got After Kitchen Remodel
The kitchen remodel included custom cabinets are from Brighton Cabinetry. The finish is “Misty”, a white paint with gray glaze on Maple. Doors have soft close hinges and drawers have full extension soft close drawer guides.
The countertops are 3-1/2” thick Quartzite, a natural stone. Four slabs were required to achieve the waterfall sides the homeowner had her heart set on. She fell in love with the Quartzite slabs in the stone yard, but they were tagged by someone else. However, the slabs were surrendered, and the homeowner could get the ones she wanted. However, one of the very heavy slabs fell during delivery and broke. A nationwide search was required to find an exact replacement, but they got it.
Floor is porcelain planks from Ardex. Photo on the left shows plank installation in progress. And photo right displays finished project.
The kitchen remodel included a new island. The island included in this kitchen remodel was crafted by Brighton Cabinetry from Walnut with a Gunpowder stain. The sink in the island has two faucets – one is a reverse osmosis water system for drinking water. Also visible in photo below <right> low-profile HVAC registers in the ceiling. Measuring 4 feet x 3/4″, they are called linear slot diffusers.
A custom made door features live edge Walnut planks on sliding barn door hardware. The slabs are sealed in epoxy to create the unique door.
Rather than one dishwasher, the homeowners opted for two dish washer drawers.
The hammered zinc vent hood was custom built to ensure it’s wide enough to cover the 60” range.
The dark beams added to the ceiling are “beetle wood”, a type of pine naturally distressed by beetles. Wire brushing further accentuates the distressing.
In-cabinet Storage Accessories and Appliances
The remodeled kitchen includes many built-in storage accessories and hidden appliances. Top row from left: double pull-out tray dividers. Double pull-out base cabinets by the range for easy access to utensils and oils and large spice containers. Pull out trash container with trash compactor. Second row from left: In-drawer knife block. Tall cabinet with roll out shelves. Utensil and silverware drawer with built-in dividers. Bottom row from left: Spice drawer. Warming drawer. KItchen Aid Mixer lift.
Beautiful Wet Bar
The beautiful wet bar features Walnut cabinets with Gunpowder stain from Brighton Cabinetry. The under-counter fridge is SubZero. The sink is hammered nickel with a copper finish. The tall cabinet beside the bar conceals the coffee maker. It’s easy to access on its pull-out/slide out tray. The cabinet also stores bar supplies and bottles.
New Entrance Doors included in Kitchen Remodel
New entrance doors were custom built from iron. It took five men to carry them.
New Laundry Room is Part of Kitchen Remodel
Homeowners got a new laundry room as part of the remodel.
Kitchen Remodel is Finished!
Design and construction by Rivers Edge Cabinetry in Pittsburgh area, Pennsylvania.