The just comes a point when living with the status quo is no longer an option. If one can cook, they can do it any type of kitchen, but bending over, or getting on your knees to reach food or cookware just gets harder to do as one ages.
Although older age does not have to be the impetus to makeover a tired and dated kitchen, but it is often a motivator. Once the appliances have been updated and you still don't have efficient counter space or storage for everyday items it is time to consider a major overhaul.
You have to admit, that the bright and airy kitchen is much, much better.
Let's break it down. First, the volume of the space was there, great windows existed, but the space was underwhelming in every other way.
Here was how the kitchen was built in the condo back in the 1980's. It was dreadful from day one.
I presented several layout ideas from a simple update, to major overhaul. Fortunately my clients went with the major overhaul. A little lipstick was not going to fix the as-built kitchen. Click on a photo to open a slide show to see the several layout ideas.
The intent behind the design was simple: open space, better connection to the adjacent spaces, efficient storage, more open counter space, increased illumination, streamlined appliances, dog-friendly, and pops of display space.
Let's focus on the storage first. Maximize wall space, and incorporate roll-outs and drawers for ease of access in base cabinets. Here is a gallery of the details. Click on a photo to open a slide show.
Now let's focus on the overall space. Taking the wall out can be a big deal at times, but thankfully in this case it was not. Click on a photo to open a slide show.
Designing and specifying a custom kitchen takes a great deal of effort and time. Advice to you as you plan your kitchen remodel, do as my clients did. They made the time to focus on the project, and did research on appliances, countertop materials, and lighting. They visited the Clark Showroom in Milford MA. If you are considering high-end appliances this is the place to go to see and use working appliances. The showroom is amazing. Appointments are required. Another important element is patience. A couple of glitches happened during this remodel (just as with every project). If you have the right team in place, glitches can be dealt with swiftly, and the the best of the ability of the team. In the end, your patience will pay off and as you open that first bottle of wine in your new kitchen you will have forgotten (hopefully) all about it.