Sarah’s Style File – March 2013

032113__sarah_forWebWelcome to Sarah’s Style File, I’m Sarah, Foster Remodeling Solutions Senior Design Consultant and each month I’m bringing to you a feature project for you to experience the remodeling process with us!  For this month’s highlighted project I have chosen a gorgeous kitchen that we updated into a classic well-appointed space to fit the clients’ lifestyle. The existing floor plan was a great footprint to work with as the previous owner had built on the eat-in area with the cathedral ceiling adding lots of natural light. The existing main kitchen portion had a pass through to the dining room and because of the openness it didn’t allow for enough wall space to accommodate the double oven which the client wanted to find a location for. By closing in the pass through, it allowed us to create a well-functioning work triangle with each appliance having appropriate counter space within reach.

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Customizing the Space
One area that we customized was the peninsula. The clients often sit there in the morning to enjoy their coffee so we installed a custom sized cabinet on the back side to accommodate their cable box and then mounted their flat screen TV onto the wall with an arm so that it can be viewed from either direction in the kitchen. Adjacent to this cabinet on the front of the island we installed panels that match the door style of the cabinets and used these same panels on the ends of all the upper and lower cabinets around the room which really made the space feel upgraded. We also relocated the sink to a corner cabinet moving the dishwasher to the peninsula which allowed for more useable counter space and more base cabinet storage around the room.

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Classic Finishes
The finishes in this project are really what brought a richness to the space. The semi-custom Keyline cabinets in a cherry wood with a chestnut stain and chocolate glaze are the dominate color of the room. The raised panel and cushion cut on the mitered corner paneled frame of the doors have a nice detail and softness to them that projected a very classic style. We inset a few of the cabinets with a textured geometric glass that felt fresh and yet traditional. The glass also allowed for light to reflect around the space and is a great opportunity for display purposes. For our countertops we chose Bianco Roman granite with an Ogee edge that plays up the soft curve detail on the door style. The backsplash was Carrera Marble tiles inset with a chair rail molding in the same marble with deep burgundy glass tiles to pull out the accents from the countertops. The Birch prefinished hardwood flooring provided shade and grain variation to the space differentiating itself from the Cherry cabinets. I typically recommend that if choosing a wood floor in a kitchen you should change the floor color at least a shade or two from the cabinets to allow for more contrast and variety in the space. Lastly, for the paint we chose to differentiate the deep tone on the cabinets with a blue-green shade that really allowed the Cherry to “pop” off of the walls. Keeping the ceiling a bright white allowed for the recessed ceiling lights as well as the natural light in the space to be more easily reflected. Check out the video above for a look at the space!

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Thanks for joining me this month on Sarah’s Style File and I look forward to seeing you again in April!! As always, if you have questions about a project or you are thinking about remodeling, give me a call here at Foster Remodeling Solutions!

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written by: Sarah Wolf, Design Consultant