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Project Spotlight: Designing a Contractor’s Home Kitchen

November 5, 20125 comments

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.

The contractor

To be fair, Tom is a general contractor from The Remodeling Center in Rochester, NY. He is also 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.

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

Working with Tom was great.  He is an experienced contractor who understands the industry very well and is able to clearly express his wants and needs. Despite tearing out and completely revamping his kitchen, Tom maintained his easy-going demeanor throughout the remodel.

The Project

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

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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:

  • 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;  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.

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

The Final Product

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.  We gained a loyal contractor who enjoys working with for his kitchen cabinet needs.


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Showing 5 comments

  1. Sapna Reply

    This kitchen is beautiful! What kind of hood did the owner put in?

  2. Yuli Reply

    I agree! The smallest details made Tom’s kitchen more homely without being too busy!

  3. Bobby Estep Reply

    How much did the cabinets cost for that kitchen?

    • August Drilling Reply

      Thanks for your question, Bobby. Every kitchen is different and optional features like crown molding and decorative add-ons can affect the price. If you’re interested in getting a quote for your kitchen or have questions about pricing, don’t hesitate to contact one of our designers at 1 (800) 576-7930. They’ll be happy to help you.

      To create an estimate for your cabinetry, visit our three-step kitchen cabinetry budget tool.

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