Highlands Kitchen

Some time after this 1950’s era home was built the original kitchen received classical updating with new ceramic cabinet hardware and the addition of track lighting. Unfortunately, these improvements were neither compelling, nor did they do much for the spirit of its new Owner. Turning lights on in the middle of the day to illuminate the kitchen’s space did not bode well with them either.

The primary objectives of this remodel was to bring in the natural light, substantially increase the counter and cabinet space, open the space up to the rest of the house, and provide convenient access to the back yard.

To accomplish this, an interior wall that separated the kitchen from a side entrance mudroom was removed, the two windows in the mud room were removed and replaced with a patio door, a new window was cut in, and the pocket door between the kitchen and the dining room was taken out and the opening enlarged.

The client chose semi-custom, frameless, Cherry cabinets with brushed nickel cabinet hardware, laminate tops, a Mexican tile back splash, a stainless steel sink with a chrome single handled faucet, and new stainless steel appliances. A Pergo laminate floor that resembles limestone was chosen for the finished floor covering.

The track lighting was removed and replaced with recessed lighting on dimmer switches, soffits were removed and the new wall cabinetry was arranged at staggered heights to create interest, Cherry crown moldings were added to the wall cabinets to create a furniture elegant look. Under cabinet lighting accents the tile back splash and the counters, and an eclectic halogen pendant fixture that reflects the clients personal style graces the breakfast table. A desk/organization area keeps things tidy and at hand for running out the door at the last minute to the attached garage. The only remaining touch to complete this space is the replacement of the refrigerator however; at only 1 year old the client just couldn’t see parting with it. The area for the fridge was subsequently sized to accommodate a new stainless steel model sometime in the near future.