Before renovation, the kitchen in this historic Eldridge area home was outdated and didn’t take advantage of the home’s architectural strengths:

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Before: Outdated Kitchen

The homeowners wanted a kitchen that would be reminiscent of the home’s existing classic style. However, the room presented two design challenges: an abundance of doors limited wall space…

Before: Doors Limit Wall Space

Before: Doors Limit Wall Space

and the wall behind the cabinets had a two inch outthrust. The cabinets had to be removed into order to discover what lay inside the wall.

At the walkthrough, the Pat immediately saw a spatial advantage that had been previously ignored: nine foot tall ceilings:

Before: Wonderful Tall Ceilings

Before: Wonderful Tall Ceilings That Had Not Been Taken Advantage Of

Working with only our trusted sub-contractors, we chose a cabinet design that reached to the ceiling:

After: New Cabinets Reach to the Ceiling

After: New Cabinets Reach to the Ceiling

Once the existing cabinets were removed, the mystery outthrust was determined to be hiding the heat radiator plumbing. Without moving any pipes, our master carpenter and experienced team were able to reframe the wall and remove the outthrust, allowing the project to continue unhindered. Soon thereafter, painted antique white Colony-style with narrow reed glass front cabinets were installed to the kitchen’s full height:

After: Beautiful New Cabinets

After: Beautiful New Cabinets

This created not only additional storage but a much lighter, taller and more spacious aesthetic. Cup pulls and knobs in a satin nickel finish completed the authentic feel:

After: Satin Nickle Finish Hardware

After: Satin Nickel Finish Hardware

Additional ceiling fixtures and under-cabinet lighting were installed in order to provide better illumination for working and eating in this dine-in kitchen:

After: Under Counter Lighting

After: Under Counter Lighting

Ceasarstone quartz countertops, a porcelain-coated white undermount sink and a traditionally styled faucet provide a functional and stylish addition while retaining a historic impact:

After: Ceasarstone quartz countertops

After: Ceasarstone quartz countertops

After: New Plumbing Fixtures

After: New Plumbing Fixtures

As a backsplash, 3×5 Ceramic tile was installed in the classic subway pattern:

After: Subway Tile Backsplash

After: Subway Tile Backsplash

In the backsplash, a half-inch tile deco strip complements the cabinet pulls and knobs:

After: Backsplash Deco Strip

After: Backsplash Deco Strip

The Marmolium tile flooring truly brings the room together. Set in a diagonal pattern, the one foot square cream and clay tiles create a classic look with a touch of updated color:

After: Marmolium Tile Flooring

After: Marmolium Tile Flooring

A semi-gloss paint in white provided the final touch for this kitchen, which manages to have a functional modern sensibility with a historic impression.

Before & After

Before & After

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