Project Spotlight: Designing a Contractor’s Home Kitchen Featured

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It’s only so often that I have the opportunity to work with a customer more than once to design their new kitchen cabinets. So when my customer Tom came back to work with me for the third time, I was very excited to get started.

To be fair, Tom is a general contractor from The Remodeling Center in Rochester, NY and one of our Pro partners. The first two kitchen remodels we worked on together were for clients of his. This project, on the other hand, was special because it was a kitchen remodel for his home. Tom chose to work with again because he liked the quality of the construction and finish at such a great price point. And, of course, he enjoyed working with me!

Project Spotlight: Designing a Contractor’s Home Kitchen

Tom loved the rendering of what his kitchen could look like. It really turned out great!

Working with Tom was great because he is an experienced contractor who understands the industry very well and is able to clearly express his wants and needs. Even though we were tearing out and completely revamping his kitchen, Tom wasn’t stressed out at all and maintained his easy-going demeanor throughout the remodel.

To fit the traditional style of his home, Tom chose the Fairmont inset kitchen cabinets in the rich and beautiful Cherry Russet finish. He was really worried the finish would be too dark, but I assured him that even though it was a full, bold color, it would work for his home.

Tom is a jokester, and he really played a good joke on me. When his cherry cabinets arrived, he called to say they were way too dark. My heart sunk, and I immediately started scrambling to figure out what I could do. After he had me going for a few minutes, he finally confessed that he was only joking and the cabinets were gorgeous! To say that I was relieved would be an understatement because I nearly had a panic attack.

Project Spotlight: Designing a Contractor’s Home Kitchen

The microwave was hidden in the lower cabinets on the peninsula.

One frustration Tom had with his old kitchen was that it wasn’t an open floor plan. This was the first thing Tom changed and I’m happy he took this route. It really allowed him to take his space in a new direction. He knocked down the wall between the kitchen and dining room, opening up the floor plan while also expanding the opportunities for what I could do with his kitchen design.

Here’s what we did with the cabinetry and finishing touches:

  • Beautiful decorative wood hood — Tom repositioned the range in his kitchen, and we were able to modify a hood to fit above it without seeming overwhelming or bulky. I was thrilled he wanted a hood because it was the first time I got to use one in a kitchen design!
  • Kitchen peninsula — Without upper cabinets, the peninsula really opens up the room and provides great counter space. We built a microwave into the backside of the peninsula to keep it off the counters. I placed a single drawer cabinet below the microwave to utilize the extra space.
  • Ceiling crown molding — We ran the crown molding above the kitchen cabinets and around the dining room to unify the space.
  • Cabinet hardware — The Madison Collection pulls in oil rubbed bronze complement the traditional kitchen.
  • Solid red oak hardwood flooring
  • Granite countertops

It’s the small, extra details that really made Tom’s space great.

Project Spotlight: Designing a Contractor’s Home Kitchen

The crown molding was run around the kitchen and dining room to unify the spaces.

Tom loved his new kitchen and sent me an email to give his thanks: “I want to share with you how very happy I am to have found you and It is fair to say I am a believer in your talent and dedication to your craft. You should feel as proud of the final product as I am.”

From initially contacting me to installing the new cabinets — which Tom impressively did by himself in a single day —, the process lasted a little over three months. The final result is beautiful. I’m very happy to have worked with Tom and to have gained a loyal contractor who enjoys working with for his kitchen cabinet needs.

Stacey has a passion for design! She loves working with her clients and creating Kitchen spaces that are not only functional and affordable but will WOW the client and their friends. She has an AS Degree in Interior Design and over 17 years of industry experience. Stacey’s eye for design extends into her personal life where she enjoys floral design and working on her own home improvement projects. She is quite handy with a power drill and tile saw!

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