Large Kitchen Presents Interesting Challenge
A couple looking to modernize their 3,500-square foot colonial in suburban Atlanta had had enough. “Our kitchen was 24 years old – it was original to the house,” said homeowner Megan Bielski. “A third of the floor space was wasted. We had narrow and shallow cabinets that forced us to use a small neighboring room to store extra pots and pans. We wanted to start our home renovation project with the kitchen, but it was daunting.”
She and her husband Scott began looking at kitchen contractors early in 2015. They demanded quality work, but had to keep a lid on costs, as he was looking to expand his business repairing Porsches.
“We went to local contractors, but could not get an idea of what they were actually planning to do. We’d come out of meetings with a very rough sketch and maybe some color samples. But it’s hard to picture anything from that.”
Their experiences changed when Megan saw a commercial for CliqStudios on TV and decided to call. She was immediately put in touch with designer Karla Reck in CliqStudios’ design center in Minnetonka, MN. Karla carefully studied the 12′ by 19′ space, and the Bielski’s photos and notes. Then she got to work!
She put together a packet of plans with 16 different full-color image files and layout schematics to show exactly what the new kitchen would look like and give the homeowners a sense of its enhanced functionality.
Karla noted that the couple had originally wanted to keep a peninsula in the kitchen, but she presented them with the many benefits of going with a center island instead. “A peninsula doesn’t make sense for the space,” Karla explained. “The Bielski’s kitchen is 228 square feet. If we’d used a peninsula, a lot of that space would have gone to waste, and food prep would have been problematic because you’re hiking to and fro. An island lets you keep everything centered and close at hand. Plus it allows for extra storage.”
The kitchen Karla designed not only features an impressive 8-foot by 5-foot island, but also has two extra feet of cabinet space along the side wall – where the designer moved a garage access door. The new kitchen features a bar area with wine storage, which provides an extra entertainment space. Plus, she reimagined the neighboring storage room as a stylish butler’s pantry, complete with a sink where the coffee can be made and appliances can be kept, so the main kitchen counters are clutter free.
Roll-out trays are now positioned on either side of the twin cooking surfaces, giving the couple instant access to pots, pans and baking sheets. The cabinets are CliqStudios’ popular Carlton door style finished in rich Cherry Russet. A full-overlay style with mitered joints, the Carlton had the traditional looks the Bielskis sought. Its quality solid plywood construction, with hardwood framing exceeded their expectations, and it was priced well within their budget.
“The moment we opened the email, we knew it was what we’d hoped for,” Megan said. The entire kitchen build took a couple of months, once she and Scott found contractors they trusted. “CliqStudios made things much easier. Karla send us her designs in less than two days, and all of CliqStudios’ shipments came on time – which kept us on schedule.”
Megan said that she and her husband still giggle when they look at their kitchen. “It’s a haven to come home to. Before, it was an eyesore. Now, it’s a showstopper! I’ve been baking like there’s no tomorrow… because I can actually fully use my kitchen now!”