It took about three and a half months of demolition, construction, plumbing work, electrical work, and finish carpentry before the dust finally settled. When it did, Carolyn and Dean were left with a large, bright, open, and functional space.
They removed the wall between kitchen and dining room and out of an old laundry room created a butler’s pantry. A fantastic La Cornue range and built-in Miele coffee maker were installed, along with Painted White and Medium Gray cabinetry from CliqStudios. Not wanting the kitchen to look “sterile,” they added dark hardwood floors and a magnificent vintage chandelier above the center island. Recessed, under-cabinet, and inner-cabinet lighting were all installed with dimmers.
Marble countertops were fitted across the whole space. “I was tired of granite,” Carolyn said. “It’s a little bit too busy for me.”
The new kitchen is a dream for hosting guests. “I love entertaining,” Carolyn says. With a ten-foot kitchen island, a ten-foot buffet counter, refrigerator landing spaces, and a butler’s pantry, “there’s so much room that I could have 40 people over for Thanksgiving dinner.” The butler’s pantry contains even more space, an undermount sink with a garbage disposal, and a microwave.
“I love the butler’s pantry,” said Erin. “The microwave is hidden and not too visible. It’s definitely a nice extra storage and preparation area.”
When it’s finally time to clean up, Carolyn turns to a kitchen island that houses, not one, but two dishwashers. “Again, for entertaining,” she said. “I think it’s a smart idea when you cook a lot. I can fill a whole dishwasher in a day.”
The first people to see the new space were Carolyn’s sister- and brother-in-law. “I walked them into the kitchen and thought they were going to fall on the floor,” she said. “It was a shocking difference. Their jaws just dropped.”
And how has the renovation affected her? “I’m in seventh heaven,” she said.
- Kitchen dimensions: 17’ x 11.5’
- Pantry dimensions: 7.5’ x 5’
- Door style: Shaker
- Finish: Painted White & Medium Gray
- Range: La Cornue CornuFé 110 Range
- Flooring: Shaw Hickory Hardwood
- Lighting from Arhaus Furniture; The Emporium in Castle Rock, CO
- Dining set from Restoration Hardware