Kitchen Transformation in Belle Vernon, PA

Kitchen Transformation in Belle Vernon, PA

The kitchen in this kitchen remodel case study had a lot of issues the homeowners in Belle Vernon, PA wanted to correct. They turned to Brandon Vadella, owner of River’s Edge Cabinetry and kitchen designer, for his guidance and expertise.


The old kitchen was giving off a serious 1980s vibe. The fake-brick-look linoleum floor, dark stained cabinets, cabinet hardware, white appliances, ceiling fan and overhead light combo — even the scalloped valance over the kitchen sink– all screamed “we’re old and tired – replace us!”

To get the more efficient layout the homeowners wanted, Brandon had to overcome the poor layout of the “Before” kitchen.

The kitchen was spacious enough, and the footprint was not being changed. However, as can be seen in the “Before” photos, the refrigerator was crammed into the row of cabinets with the sink and dishwasher, while the wall where it logically should have been was empty wasted space.

The family wanted to keep an “eat-in” kitchen, but the table was too big for the existing space.

What the Homeowners Wanted

He learned from the homeowners during their meetings that they wanted a better work flow, improved functionality and more storage in the new kitchen, something they didn’t have in their old kitchen.

Overall, the homeowners wanted to improve and upgrade all aspects in their tired, dated, inefficient kitchen. They wanted to lighten up and modernize the dark space. Especially important to them was getting more storage.

What They Got in From Their Kitchen Remodel

The “After” photos show that the cabinets got lots of built-in storage. The pantry has roll-out shelves beside the newly re-located refrigerator. Nothing will get lost in the back of the cabinets now.

A canned goods storage pull-out by the range is great for keeping often-used items handy when cooking.

And the tray storage pull-out keeps cutting boards, cookie sheets and trays organized and easy to find.

The homeowner’s favorite cabinet built-in is the double trash pull-out. They went from having their trash can fully visible against the wall (in the “Before” shot) to having hidden, double trash cans, one for trash and one for recycling.

The Shaker-style Presidential cabinets in a white paint from Brighton Cabinetry are simple and classic and will look good and work well for years to come.

Black stainless appliances from Samsung create a nice contrast with the white cabinets and countertops.

The backsplash was on the homeowners wish-list because their old kitchen did not have one. They chose a subway tile in multiple shades of light gray and white to create an interesting backdrop.

The gorgeous new floor is luxury vinyl planks from Cali.  River’s Edge Cabinetry is a dealer of Cali flooring products.

And no window treatments needed for the new windows in the beautiful newly remodeled kitchen. There’s nothing but greenery outside.

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