Not unlike most parents, Blake and Jessica kept very busy between their two small children, school,
activities, and their own work schedules. Adding a kitchen and family room renovation to already packed
calendars was just one of many hurdles. They needed a solution that they could accommodate their design
wants, as well as frenzied personal and business agendas.
They chose to partner with CliqStudios on their remodeling project for several reasons. They appreciated the
high level of personal service and thoughtful layout plans from their kitchen designer, Molly. Moreover, they had the flexibility
to communicate with Molly when their schedules allowed! Sometimes early in the morning, late in the evening,
or on the weekends, they would send questions, ideas, and feedback via email, and Molly would usually
respond within a day. They continued this process at their speed, with the occasional phone call with Molly
or screen share when they could.
Jennifer and Blake were also very interested in watching their new kitchen with white and navy Shaker
cabinets come to life with the digitally created renderings that Molly would send with each layout revision.
With two walls being removed, it can be difficult to visualize, or get a good feeling of the final design.
“Having this visual aid was huge, and it helped us see what the finished space would actually look like,”
says Blake, “It was fun to show off these ‘previews’ of our new kitchen to family and friends.”
One of the walls being removed opened up a pass-through between the new family/entertaining room, and the
formal dining area. Blake and Jessica enjoy entertaining, and wanted to create a built-in bar in this space
to serve and store wine and cold beverages. They had a rough idea of what they wanted, but relied on Molly’s
knowledge of kitchen design and how layout affects the way people interact with a space. Molly, Jessica, and
Blake worked collaboratively to create a design that met the unique requirements of the pass-through area,
and produced a bar which the homeowners describe as, “fabulous!”
Another technical challenge was how to incorporate a kitchen island to create a larger workspace,
add more storage, and have informal meals. The result was actually a peninsula that turned out
better than anyone expected!
“The island has become the hang out spot in our house!” says Jessica, “We have entertained quite a
few times since our remodel and it’s where we put all the appetizers and people stand around
Another unexpected bonus of these new hang-out spaces is that instead of retreating into the basement
playroom, the kids spend a lot more time in the kitchen now. They eat breakfast at the peninsula in
the morning, do their homework at it in the afternoon, and beg for hot chocolate in the evening. In
between, the kids have also claimed the bar area as their personal craft center. It is constantly
covered in markers, paper, and glue.
To top off their new CliqStudios kitchen, Jessica and Blake chose Cambria natural quartz surfaces
because of the maintenance-free durability and attractive designs.
I want to redo my kitchen. I have a high kind of a pony wall that hides the sink etc from the Family area. I want to convert that to an island. Lower and wider. I need a visual kind of some one to show me how it would look. Also need cabinets changed.
It sounds like you have a clear vision! Give us a call 888-350-1242 and we'd love to start working with you. Once we get a sketch of your kitchen with measurements of the space, your designer will create detailed renderings of your changes so you can see how it looks!
LOVE the navy! I have a very small kitchen in a condo in Florida. It is at one end of a room which includes living and dining rooms. The entire space for these three rooms is 12' by 30'. Would the navy make the condo look small? The only natural light is 100" slider on one end and a window above the kitchen sink on the other. But it is Florida so I think navy/nautical would be awesome. The husband doesn't want to do navy on the bottom and white on the top; the floors are white. What does everyone else think?
I have been wanting navy and Grey kitchen cabinets. thanks so much for the picture. what I want isn't far off from this making my vision an almost reality. Gorgeous on every level and under every heading.
Hello. That sounds beautiful. You should take a sample of your cabinet and flooring to your local countertop fabricator to view your swatches altogether to see which combination is most pleasing to you. We generally recommend Cambria quartz countertops.