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Modern Kitchen with Massive Island

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Full view of a kitchen using CliqStudios Dayton cabinets in Carbon and White. In the focus of the photo is a white butler's pantry and the island, with a white waterfall countertop.

Saving For a Kitchen Remodel

It’s a bold decision to purchase an abandoned house in desperate need of renovation. For homeowner Laura and her husband, John they made the choice to do so – all while juggling the needs of their four children. In their first year in the house, they saved up for their kitchen remodel. The project would be no small task. The existing kitchen was original to the house when it was built in 1982.

Luckily, Laura knew what she wanted. She just needed guidance with the design. A friend down the street encouraged her to check out CliqStudios where she was paired with a design expert to guide her throughout the remodel.  (“Where do I get the best design ideas?”)

Living area using CliqStudios Dayton cabinets in White around the entertainment area for added storage. Base cabinets have butcher board countertops,, above them is open air shelving, and flush with the ceiling are more small cabinets.

Black Cabinets

Early on they loved their design. “I worked with Colleen. I knew for sure I wanted black cabinets and Colleen recommended the paint finish Carbon and sent me free samples.” The remodel didn’t stop there. “We planned to only do the kitchen and Colleen said CliqStudios could also do a wet bar and built-in shelves for our living room.”

Laura was glad she expanded her project. “On the built-in cabinets I wanted the back of the cabinets to be black. Everything was ‘No problem!’ from Colleen.”

“Every time I called my designer answered! I was so surprised by that!”

Creative Layout

Working with the existing space was a challenge. “In general, we have a narrow house. My husband calls it a bowling alley. We had to be creative about where we put things for our work triangle.” Laura’s designer accommodated for these challenges. “When Colleen did the drawings of the design I felt better because I could finally see things.”

Full view of a two-toned kitchen using CliqStudios Dayton cabinets in Carbon and White. The countertops are white and butcherblock.

Ready to Install Cabinets

The cabinets arrived ready to install. “We hired a contractor and he was impressed with the cabinets and hadn’t seen quality like that.”

Laura and her husband were thrilled to have a kitchen that was clean and done. Now they have a layout that is appropriate to the large size of the kitchen.

CliqStudios Dayton cabinets in white forming a butler's pantry, with a wine cooler in the base and a wine rack above centered in glass faced cabinets.
CLiqStudios Dayton cabinets in white, and in the center is a refrigerator. Next to it, base Dayton cabinets are in Carbon with white countertop.

Waterfall Island Countertop

A major focal point of the room is the massive 10 ½ foot island done in CliqStudios Carbon cabinets and complete with a waterfall countertop on the island.

“It’s a whole slab of quartz,” says Laura. “It houses all six of us to sit and eat…Before we didn’t have anywhere to sit together and eat.”

CliqStudios Dayton cabinets in Carbon used in an island with a white countertop. Behind that is a sitting area using CliqStudios Dayton cabinets in white for storage.
CliqStudios Dayton cabinets in carbon at the island and white for the wall cabinets. The island has a white waterfall countertop and tall bar chairs pulled up, with pendant lighting with black shades hanging above. Behind that is a wall of white cabinets, and in the center is a fridge.

No Upper Cabinets

Another notable design choice was to have no upper cabinets except at the wet bar. “All of our dishes are in lower cabinet drawers. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it, but I love it. All the kids have a drawer for their dishes and my little ones can easily get their dishes.”

Laura goes on to say “I finally feel like we have a home now. We bought this house out of necessity for our growing family. It’s a calm space for our children. The design lends itself to a peaceful afternoon. It’s been a huge blessing for us.”

CliqStudios Dayton cabinets in Carbon used in a kitchen island with a white waterfall countertop. A base microwave sits in the center of the island, and pendant lighting with black shades hang above.
CliqStudios Dayton cabinets in White used in a butler's pantry, complete with a wine cooler and rack, a butcher block counter, and glass cabinets.
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