Kitchen Remodel Stories: A Modern Take on Farmhouse Style

July 1, 20163 comments

white kitchen cabinets, stainless and glass modern farmhouse look

Stainless and glass mix it up with timeless Shaker cabinets for a new take on farmhouse style.

“The first day we were in the place, my dad and I took the kitchen to the studs, ceiling to floor.” When Jake began his kitchen renovation, he knew what needed to come out – dilapidated cabinets, orange counters and indescribably bad appliances. He opened up a ten-foot expanse of the cramped, chopped-up space, as much as the AC ducts allowed.

before kitchen with white cabinets and orange countertops

“We didn’t know they made ovens that small,” said Jake of the original appliances.

Designing the Space

His wife Kelly had a clear vision of the modern, farmhouse kitchen that would fill the space. The challenge, however, was finding someone to bridge the gap between Kelly’s concept and a working design. However, local designers and cabinet sellers came back with prices Jake referred to as astronomical. Additionally, the designers, apparently lacking creativity, kept coming back with what the couple did not want. No one offered a good solution for the awkward back corner, and several wanted to take out a window. Jake and Kelly, discouraged, were thinking of installing Ikea cabinets as a temporary measure – and then found CliqStudios. They decided they couldn’t go wrong with a free design consultation.

Light and bright, windows are enhanced by glass-door cabinets and an open stainless cook zone.

Windows are enhanced by glass-door cabinets and an open stainless cook zone. The tall crown molding respects the home’s original architectural style.

Working With Our Designers

Beginning with that first consultation, their experience with CliqStudios designer, Sue Robinson, was different. “Sue was very understanding,” said Jake. “Every few days she would have another suggestion. She has so many modular choices – we could build exactly what we wanted, and never had to give up anything. We achieved every goal – ample storage space, a layout that provides plenty of space for two of us, and great organization. Everyone who sees it is sure this is custom.”

a set of photos of a two-year old girl with dark hair opening drawers in a kitchen

Every cook has a place in this kitchen. Above Olivia’s designated drawer is a microwave drawer. The safest option for cooks of any age, it pulls out for top-loading and has a child lock.

Two years later, Jake is delighted with the quality and look of his cabinets. “These have stood the test of time. We have a two-year old, two dogs and we love to cook. Yet, there isn’t a stain or chip in the cabinets.”

stainless cooktop and hood on wall of glass subway tile with white shaker cabinets

The cabinet for 48-inch cooktop is constructed of two 24-inch modules, allowing easy access even when a cook is on deck.

Final Result

Construction took four months, during which Jake, Kelly and infant Olivia made do with a kitchen on the deck. When the carpenters had questions, designer, Sue, was on the phone to help. Money saved on cabinets left budget for high-end appliances and countertop. Their selections included a Jenn-Air oven, Wolf cooktop, Proline hood and built-in wine cooler. Kelly wondered about Jake’s insistence on Tapmaster® hands-free faucet controllers, but agrees, they are a must in any kitchen of theirs going forward.

When asked if he would do anything differently, Jake thought for a moment, then said, “We wouldn’t change anything in the kitchen. I wish there was money left over to do the rest of the house. But the kitchen is where we spend all our time, so it was worth it.”

To see all project photos, visit the gallery page.

smiling woman wearing glasses

Kitchen designer Sue Robinson

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  1. David Reply

    Love the kitchen, we are planning something similar and just paced our order with your company.

    Can you tell me what material are the counter tops ?
    Looks like quartz..


    • CliqStudios Design Reply

      Hello, David,

      I’m sure you are excited about your new kitchen – be sure and send us pictures when it is done. I contacted the customer in this article and hope to hear back from him soon. I’ll stay in touch.

    • CliqStudios Design Reply

      Well, David, I heard back from Jake on the countertop. It is marble, honed. He says it requires some maintenance, but it is worth it for the beauty.

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